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The meaning of super-resolution
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Regarding the terminology "super-resolution", there is frequently confusion with respect to the meaning of the word. In fact, some say that the term has been "hijacked" or stolen from its original meaning and is being applied improperly to a newer area of work. The earlier work involved the estimation of spatial information beyond the MTF band-limit of an imaging system (typically the diffraction limit). The newer work involves the use of successive, multiple frames from an undersampled imager to collectively construct a higher resolution image. The former area has to do with diffraction blur and the latter area has to do with sampling. In this short paper, we describe the nomenclature confusion, the two research areas, present a nomenclature solution proposed by IEEE, and then provide some comments and conclusions.

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Date Published: 12 May 2005
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5784, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XVI, (12 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.609917
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Ronald Driggers, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Keith Krapels, Office of Naval Research (United States)
Susan Young, Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5784:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XVI
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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