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  • Vol. 72, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1982
  • pp: 402–403

Quantum noise limits the pinspeck camera to simple objects

M. Young  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 72, Issue 3, pp. 402-403 (1982)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.72.000402


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Abstract

The pinspeck camera projects a low-contrast image with a great deal of veiling glare. Quantum noise determines that the camera can image only simple objects that contain no more than a few hundred picture elements.

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M. Young, "Quantum noise limits the pinspeck camera to simple objects," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 72, 402-403 (1982)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-72-3-402


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References

  1. A. L. Cohen, "Anti-pinhole imaging," Opt. Acta (to be published).
  2. M. Young, Optics and Lasers (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977), pp. 90–96; "Pinhole optics," Appl. Opt. 10, 2763–2767 (1971); "Pinhole imagery," Am. J. Phys. 40, 715–720 (1972); "Zone plates and their aberrations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 972–976 (1972).
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  4. See, e.g., W. B. Wetherell, "The calculation of image quality," in Applied Optics and Optical Engineering, R. R. Shannon and J. C. Wyant, eds. (Academic, New York, 1980), Vol. VIII.
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