We describe the mathematical and conceptual foundations for a novel methodology for jointly optimizing the design and analysis of the optics, detector, and digital image processing for imaging systems. Our methodology is based on the end-to-end merit function of predicted average pixel sum-squared error to find the optical and image processing parameters that minimize this merit function. Our approach offers several advantages over the traditional principles of optical design, such as improved imaging performance, expanded operating capabilities, and improved as-built performance.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 7, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2008
Published: March 19, 2008
Vol. 3, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
David G. Stork and M. Dirk Robinson, "Theoretical foundations for joint digital-optical analysis of electro-optical imaging systems," Appl. Opt. 47, B64-B75 (2008)