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  • Vol. 55, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1965
  • pp: 1132–1135

Line Spread and Edge Spread Functions in the Presence of Off-Axis Aberrations

RICHARD BARAKAT and AGNES HOUSTON  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 55, Issue 9, pp. 1132-1135 (1965)

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The line spread function and edge spread function for incoherent illumination are expressed in terms of the transfer function in the presence of rotationally nonsymmetric aberrations. A sampling theorem is derived which expresses the edge spread function in terms of sampled values of the line spread function. Typical numerical results are presented for third-order coma.

RICHARD BARAKAT and AGNES HOUSTON, "Line Spread and Edge Spread Functions in the Presence of Off-Axis Aberrations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1132-1135 (1965)

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