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Fundamental Limitations In Linear Invariant Restoration Of Atmospherically Degraded Images
Author(s): J. W. Goodman; J. F. Belsher
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Paper Abstract

Restoration of atmospherically degraded images is limited most fundamentally by the photon noise inherent in any detected image. After presenting a general model for photon-limited images, we derive the form of the linear, space invariant filter which restores the image with minimum mean-squared error. Measures of the restorable bandwidth and image quality are developed. The theory is applied to the case of images degraded by atmospheric turbulence, both with and without perfect tilt removal. The relationship between the number of detected photoevents and the restorability of the degraded images is quantified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1976
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0075, Imaging Through the Atmosphere, (19 July 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954749
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J. W. Goodman, Stanford University (United States)
J. F. Belsher, Stanford University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0075:
Imaging Through the Atmosphere
James C. Wyant, Editor(s)

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