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  • Vol. 50, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1960
  • pp: 21–21

On the Limiting Sensitivity of the Star Test for Optical Instruments

W. T. WELFORD  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 21-21 (1960)

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Calculations of the light flux distribution in the defocused star image suggest that λ/60 of sharply varying aberration and λ/20 of slowly varying aberration can be detected.

W. T. WELFORD, "On the Limiting Sensitivity of the Star Test for Optical Instruments," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 50, 21-21 (1960)

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  1. L. C. Martin, Technical Optics (London, 1950), Vol. II.
  2. E. H. Linfoot, Proc. Roy. Soc. (London) A186, 72 (1946).
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