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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Guest Editorial Image Quality
Author(s): Patrick S. Cheatham

Paper Abstract

The term image quality can, unfortunately, apply to anything from a public relations firm's discussion to a comparison between corner drugstores' film processing. If we narrow the discussion to optical systems, we clarify the problem somewhat, but only slightly. We are still faced with a multitude of image quality measures all different, and all couched in different terminology. Optical designers speak of MTF values, digital processors talk about summations of before and after image differences, pattern recognition engineers allude to correlation values, and radar imagers use side-lobe response values measured in decibels. Further complexity is introduced by terms such as information content, bandwidth, Strehl ratios, and, of course, limiting resolution. The problem is to compare these different yardsticks and try to establish some concrete ideas about evaluation of a final image. We need to establish the image attributes which are the most important to perception of the image in question and then begin to apply the different system parameters to those attributes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1982
PDF: 1 pages
Opt. Eng. 21(1) 210101 doi: 10.1117/12.7972849
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 21, Issue 1
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Patrick S. Cheatham, Pacific-Sierra Research Corp. (United States)

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