Optical transfer function synthesis: A geometrical optics approach

H. H. Barrett, M. Y. Chiu, S. K. Gordon, R. E. Parks, W. Swindell

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It is shown that, within the limits of geometrical optics, it is possible to specify a pure-phase pupil function that will produce any desired optical transfer function (OTF) or point spread function (PSF) in an incoherent optical processing system. A general prescription for finding the pupil function is presented, and specific analytical results are given for simple power-law PSFs. As an example, the fabrication and testing of a logarithmic phase plate that produces an appropriate PSF for incoherent optical processing of transaxial tomography data are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2760-2766
Number of pages7
JournalApplied optics
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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