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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2010
  • pp: 2132–2142

Application of the general image-quality equation to aberrated imagery

Samuel T. Thurman and James R. Fienup  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 11, pp. 2132-2142 (2010)

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The regression analysis for the general image-quality equation (GIQE) [ Appl. Opt. 36, 8322–8328 (1997)] was performed using image data from well-corrected optical systems. We conducted human-subject experiments to examine the use of the GIQE with aberrated imagery. A modified image-quality equation for aberrated imagery is presented based on analysis of the experimental results.

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OCIS Codes
(110.3000) Imaging systems : Image quality assessment
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing
(110.3010) Imaging systems : Image reconstruction techniques

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: November 17, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2010
Published: April 7, 2010

Samuel T. Thurman and James R. Fienup, "Application of the general image-quality equation to aberrated imagery," Appl. Opt. 49, 2132-2142 (2010)

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