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Image M.T.F. analysis using grain noise
Author(s): Martin Gouch; Malcolm Roe
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Paper Abstract

The M.T.F. of an image capture system is a good measure of a system's ability to reproduce sharp pictures. Post image capture processing will enhance the sharpness of the picture but the amount and type of processing required to produce a sharp picture is affected strongly the the M.T.F. of the image capture system. A simple and cheap method for measuring the M.T.F. in these circumstances is to measure the response of the imaging system to low modulation white noise. One such source of low modulation white noise is grain noise present in photographic transparencies. If the grain noise is captured with the image capture system and then Fourier transformed a M.T.F. response is produced. Presented is a practical example of this technique, from obtaining the test targets to producing the M.T.F. graphs. Also presented are some of the pitfalls that can be encountered using the technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1987, Recording Systems: High-Resolution Cameras and Recording Devices and Laser Scanning and Recording Systems, (29 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165180
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Martin Gouch, Crosfield Electronics, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Malcolm Roe, Crosfield Electronics, Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1987:
Recording Systems: High-Resolution Cameras and Recording Devices and Laser Scanning and Recording Systems
Leo Beiser; Reimar K. Lenz, Editor(s)

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