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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1501–1515

Computation and visualization of the MacAdam limits for any lightness, hue angle, and light source

Francisco Martínez-Verdú, Esther Perales, Elisabet Chorro, Dolores de Fez, Valentín Viqueira, and Eduardo Gilabert  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 6, pp. 1501-1515 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.24.001501


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Abstract

We present a systematic algorithm capable of searching for optimal colors for any lightness L * (between 0 and 100), any illuminant (D65, F2, F7, F11, etc.), and any light source reported by CIE. Color solids are graphed in some color spaces (CIELAB, SVF, DIN99d, and CIECAM02) by horizontal (constant lightness) and transversal (constant hue angle) sections. Color solids plotted in DIN99d and CIECAM02 color spaces look more spherical or homogeneous than the ones plotted in CIELAB and SVF color spaces. Depending on the spectrum of the light source or illuminant, the shape of its color solid and its content (variety of distinguishable colors, with or without color correspondence) change drastically, particularly with sources whose spectrum is discontinuous and/or very peaked, with correlated color temperature lower than 5500 K . This could be used to propose an absolute colorimetric quality index for light sources comparing the volumes of their gamuts, in a uniform color space.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5240) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Photometry
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(300.6170) Spectroscopy : Spectra
(330.1730) Vision, color, and visual optics : Colorimetry
(330.4060) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision modeling
(330.5020) Vision, color, and visual optics : Perception psychology

ToC Category:
Vision and Color

History
Original Manuscript: March 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 23, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2006
Published: May 9, 2007

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Citation
Francisco Martínez-Verdú, Esther Perales, Elisabet Chorro, Dolores de Fez, Valentín Viqueira, and Eduardo Gilabert, "Computation and visualization of the MacAdam limits for any lightness, hue angle, and light source," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 1501-1515 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-24-6-1501


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