We present a direct method based on the sampling theorem for computing eigenwavefronts associated with linear space-invariant imaging systems (including aberrated imaging systems). A potential application of the eigenwavefronts to inverse problems in imaging is discussed. A noise-dependent measure for the information-carrying capacity of an imaging system is also proposed.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 4, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2004
Published: March 1, 2005
Kedar Khare and Nicholas George, "Sampling-theory approach to eigenwavefronts of imaging systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 434-438 (2005)