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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2009
  • pp: 725–729

Determination of modulation transfer function of a printer by measuring the autocorrelation of the transmission function of a printed Ronchi grating

Khosro Madanipour and Mohammad T. Tavassoly  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 4, pp. 725-729 (2009)

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We show theoretically and verify experimentally that the modulation transfer function (MTF) of a printing system can be determined by measuring the autocorrelation of a printed Ronchi grating. In practice, two similar Ronchi gratings are printed on two transparencies and the transparencies are superimposed with parallel grating lines. Then, the gratings are uniformly illuminated and the transmitted light from a large section is measured versus the displacement of one grating with respect to the other in a grating pitch interval. This measurement provides the required autocorrelation function for determination of the MTF.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(110.4100) Imaging systems : Modulation transfer function
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: September 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 2008
Published: January 23, 2009

Khosro Madanipour and Mohammad T. Tavassoly, "Determination of modulation transfer function of a printer by measuring the autocorrelation of the transmission function of a printed Ronchi grating," Appl. Opt. 48, 725-729 (2009)

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