We developed a practical method to derive response functions that convert the amount of incident light to the counts of analog-to-digital conversion (A/D) of cameras for scientific imaging. In this method, we need a mechanism to accurately control the amount of incident light into cameras just within a limited dynamic range and at a limited number of steps. A variable brightness light source, which supplies the incident light into cameras, is also necessary, but we do not need to know its accurate brightness. Thus, this method enables us to derive the nonlinear response functions accurately with such a simple setup.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology
Original Manuscript: February 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2011
Published: May 24, 2011
Yoichiro Hanaoka, Isao Suzuki, and Takashi Sakurai, "Practical method to derive nonlinear response functions of cameras for scientific imaging," Appl. Opt. 50, 2401-2407 (2011)