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  • Vol. 45, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1955
  • pp: 808–818

Information Theory and Optical Images

E. H. LINFOOT  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 45, Issue 10, pp. 808-818 (1955)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.45.000808


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Abstract

The informational aspects of optical design have attracted increasing attention in the last few years [see for example A. Blanc-Lapierre (1953), D. Gabor (1952) ]. The closely related topic of the Fourier treatment of optical imaging has been discussed by P.-M. Dufflieux (1946) and by Elias, Grey, and Robinson (1952) among others. The present paper gives an account of analytical techniques which provide a basis for a discussion of the problem of maximizing the information content in images formed by high-quality optical systems, by means of aberration balancing under prescribed constraints on the design. A derivation is given of the principal results needed for this purpose.

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E. H. LINFOOT, "Information Theory and Optical Images," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 808-818 (1955)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-45-10-808

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