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  • Vol. 48, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1958
  • pp: 736–740

Cube-Root Color Coordinate System

L. G. GLASSER, A. H. MCKINNEY, C. D. REILLY, and P. D. SCHNELLE  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 48, Issue 10, pp. 736-740 (1958)

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A visually uniform color coordinate system, based upon simple mathematical formulas, is described. This system resembles the Adams chromatic-value system but replaces the quintic-parabola function with a cube-root function. For colors having reflectances greater than 0.5% the color spacing obtained agrees with Munsell spacing as closely as the modified Adams system. At lower reflectances an expanded color spacing over that of the Munsell system is provided. The cube-root equations can be solved directly for color coordinate differences in terms of simple functions of the difference in colorimeter readings or tristimulus values. The computation of color coordinates in this system is simpler and requires less computational precision than other visually uniform color coordinate systems. A simple slide rule for computing color differences in cube-root color coordinates is described. A modification of the cube-root color coordinate system which provides nearly perfect representation of the spacing of Munsell colors is described, and the appropriateness of the assumptions required to obtain this behavior is discussed.

L. G. GLASSER, A. H. MCKINNEY, C. D. REILLY, and P. D. SCHNELLE, "Cube-Root Color Coordinate System," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 48, 736-740 (1958)

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