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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1988
  • pp: 893–903

Two-point resolution criterion for multiaperture optical telescopes

Steven M. Watson, James P. Mills, and Steven K. Rogers  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 5, Issue 6, pp. 893-903 (1988)

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The standard two-point resolution criteria for a single-aperture optical system are not appropriate for multiaperture systems. In this paper we propose a new two-point resolution criterion based on the idea of thresholding the irradiances of the resulting far-field diffraction patterns of multiaperture optical systems. Theoretical data of irradiance versus point separation for various multiaperture optical systems are presented. The two-point resolution for these configurations was analyzed. A new two-point resolution criterion in which thresholds are used is demonstrated for coherent and incoherent illumination. Three different multiaperture incoherent systems are compared by using this threshold criterion.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 18, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 1988
Published: June 1, 1988

Steven M. Watson, Steven K. Rogers, and James P. Mills, "Two-point resolution criterion for multiaperture optical telescopes," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 5, 893-903 (1988)

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