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Atmospheric scattering effect on spatial resolution of imaging systems: theory
Author(s): Baruch Ben-Dor; Adam D. Devir; Gal Shaviv; Piero Bruscaglioni; P. Donelli; Andrea Ismaelli
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Paper Abstract

The atmosphere is the optical medium between the imaging system and the observed object. The effect of this optical turbulent, absorbing and scattering element on the quality of an image is difficult to predict. Since the beginning of the sixties there were several attempts to build a model that will describe the degrading effect of the atmosphere on spatial resolution of imaging systems. In the field of atmospheric turbulence there is a common agreement on its relative contribution to the degradation of the spatial resolution of an image. On the other hand in the field of atmospheric scattering there is a disagreement on its degrading effects and an international scientific discussion has been developed in the past five years in this scientific field. A model, that was suggested several years ago by Sadot and Kopeika, claimed that the effect of the atmospheric scattering on the spatial resolution of imaging systems is a function of the properties of the imaging system, apart from the inherent properties of the atmosphere. The results of their model were in contrast with the results of the work of other scientists and therefore, caused a scientific debate. The purpose is to propose an alternative theoretical model which describes the effects of atmospheric scattering by focusing on the point spread function of the imaging system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3110, 10th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel, (22 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281345
Show Author Affiliations
Baruch Ben-Dor, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Adam D. Devir, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Gal Shaviv, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Piero Bruscaglioni, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
P. Donelli, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Andrea Ismaelli, Univ. of Florence (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3110:
10th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel
Itzhak Shladov; Stanley R. Rotman, Editor(s)

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