Abstract

Evaluation of photographic optical systems through use of the optical transfer function or sine wave response has become commonplace. The fundamental physical concepts which lie behind the theory are not, however, widely known and are outlined for use by the optical engineer. The significance, limitations, and advantages of this tool for image evaluation are discussed along with some suggestions of direction along which future work may be carried. The discussion is from the point of view of an individual interested in the design, fabrication, evaluation, and use of large systems of very high precision.

© 1963 Optical Society of America

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