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Illuminant-adaptive diffractive-optical RGB color sensor: 3D grating-optical cross-correlator calculating colored shadows in human vision
Author(s): Norbert Lauinger
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Paper Abstract

Colored shadows are observed when two differently colored lights are combined in twilights. When both lights add to an equi-energy white 'balanced' spectrum, the hues of the shadows show regular opponent colors, being reciprocals of the colors of the lights. When a white and a colored light in a twilight add to an 'unbalanced' spectrum, the hues of the shadows result from the same laws of opponency and reciprocity, but the eyes see "what they have optically calculated" instead of seeing "what really (physically) there is". At adaptation to the colored light, unbalanced states in physics become physiologically re-balanced by diffractive-optical chromatic resonance, guaranteeing color constancy at variations of illuminants. Colored shadows can be interpreted as serial products of diffractive 3D grating-optical von Laue interferences and of optical cross-correlations between local and global information in the human eye. The human eye's hardware, with diffractive-optical multi-layer gratings in aperture and image space, represents an illuminant-adaptive diffractive-optical RGB Color Sensor guaranteeing color space normalization towards RGB equilibrium states (RGB white norms) in reciprocal grating space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2003
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 5267, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXI: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision, (30 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.514274
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Norbert Lauinger, CORRSYS-DATRON Sensorsysteme GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5267:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXI: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Juha Roning, Editor(s)

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