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  • Vol. 67, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1977
  • pp: 1105–1117

Use of point spread and beam spread functions for analysis of imaging systems in water

L. E. Mertens and F. S. Replogle, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 67, Issue 8, pp. 1105-1117 (1977)

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An accurate method of analysis of underwater imaging systems using optical spread functions and their transforms, the modulation transfer functions, is presented. The overall system spread function is obtained from the water spread functions and the spread functions of the system components. The water point spread and beam spread functions are defined, and measurements of these are presented for clear coastal water for distances up to nine attenuation lengths. Relationships between the spread functions and their dependence on range are also given. In addition, their relationships to the conventional optical oceangraphic parameters of beam attenuation, absorption, and scattering are described. Combined optics-water spread functions and their transforms are developed for illuminator and receiver geometries typically used in underwater imaging. These are then used to determine the system (optics plus water) response to the target reflectance. An analytic technique for accurate computation of backscatter signals is developed. Computed and measured signals compare favorably. It is concluded that the use of spread functions is a convenient and viable technique for analytic computation of underwater images.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

L. E. Mertens and F. S. Replogle, Jr., "Use of point spread and beam spread functions for analysis of imaging systems in water," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 1105-1117 (1977)

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  21. By scattering calculations or from direct visual observations at a point outside a beam, it may be shown that the direction giving the maximum contribution to the illumination of a backscattering volume follows the direct line from the transmitter to the volume [dashed line of Fig. 8(b)], and the angular distribution of the flux falling on this backscattering volume is effectively only a few degrees wide. A similar observation applies to the flux backscattered from this volume and striking the receiver. Thus the dominant (back) scattering angle ηe for the incremental volume shown is approximately (π-G/r) rad over most of the scattering volume in a thin extended slab at range r, and the distribution of backscattering angles for this range is only a few degrees wide. Since the amplitude of the volume scattering function VSF varies only fractionally in a span of a few degrees when the mean scattering angle lies in the vicinity of π rad (Ref. 5), a similar accuracy will result if a single value of backscatter coefficient is used in the summation of the backscattering contribution from such a slab.
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