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  • Vol. 66, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1976
  • pp: 818–826

Saturation of spectral lights

Peter K. Kaiser, James P. Comerford, and Deborah M. Bodinger  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 66, Issue 8, pp. 818-826 (1976)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.66.000818


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Abstract

Spectral lights, while constant in purity, differ in saturation. Saturation-discrimination experiments have not always indicated this variation of saturation with wavelength. For example, several early investigators determined the size of the first just-noticeable step from the spectrum locus and found it to be approximately constant as a function of wavelength. When we performed this experiment we found saturation functions with minima near 570 nm; however, the ranges of the functions were more compressed than saturation-discrimination functions near white. The saturation-discrimination function results are compared with saturation functions determined by several other empirical and theoretical methods.

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Peter K. Kaiser, James P. Comerford, and Deborah M. Bodinger, "Saturation of spectral lights," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 66, 818-826 (1976)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-66-8-818

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