Simulating optical system performance with three-dimensional scenes

William J. Duncan, James T Schwiegerling

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1 Scopus citations


Simulated images provide insight into optical system performance. If the Point Spread Function (PSF) is assumed spatially invariant, then the simulated image is the convolution of the PSF with the object scene. If the PSF varies across the field, multiple field points are sampled and interpolated to give the PSF. Simulated images are then assembled from the individual PSFs. These techniques assume a 2D planar object. We extend the image simulations to 3D scenes. The PSF now depends on the field point location and distance in object space. We investigate 3D scene simulation and examine approximations that reduce computation time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNovel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XVIII
EditorsG. Groot Gregory, Cornelius F. Hahlweg, Cornelius F. Hahlweg, Arthur J. Davis, G. Groot Gregory, Arthur J. Davis
ISBN (Electronic)9781628417456, 9781628417456
StatePublished - 2015
Event18th Conference of Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2015Aug 12 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Other18th Conference of Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • 3D Scene simulation
  • PSF
  • System performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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