The concept of three-dimensional (3D) resolvability of an integral imaging system is thoroughly investigated in this research. The general concept of 3D resolution fails to describe the 3D discrimination completely. Then the concepts of the depth-resolution plane and lateral-resolution plane are introduced to show the difference between the conventional 3D spatial resolution and the newly introduced 3D resolvability. Therefore, the different properties of these planes for differentiating lateral spatial variations and axial variations are analyzed in this paper. The theoretical statements are demonstrated experimentally.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2012
Published: March 21, 2012
Zahra Kavehvash, Manuel Martinez-Corral, Khashayar Mehrany, Saeed Bagheri, Genaro Saavedra, and Hector Navarro, "Three-dimensional resolvability in an integral imaging system," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 525-530 (2012)