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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 2, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1963
  • pp: 335–350

Optical Image Evaluation and the Transfer Function

F. Dow Smith  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 335-350 (1963)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.2.000335


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Abstract

Evaluation of photographic optical systems through use of the optical transfer function or sine wave response has become commonplace. The fundamental physical concepts which lie behind the theory are not, however, widely known and are outlined for use by the optical engineer. The significance, limitations, and advantages of this tool for image evaluation are discussed along with some suggestions of direction along which future work may be carried. The discussion is from the point of view of an individual interested in the design, fabrication, evaluation, and use of large systems of very high precision.

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Original Manuscript: January 20, 1963
Published: April 1, 1963

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F. Dow Smith, "Optical Image Evaluation and the Transfer Function," Appl. Opt. 2, 335-350 (1963)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-2-4-335


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