Abstract

A resolution criterion due to Sparrow is studied. Unlike the well-known Rayleigh resolution criterion, the Sparrow resolution criterion is dependent upon the coherence properties of the incident light. The extreme limits of complete coherence and complete incoherence are investigated. An apodization scheme for increasing the coherent Sparrow resolution limit is formulated via the calculus of variations. The determination of the required pupil function (amplitude distribution over the exit pupil) necessitates the solution of an inhomogeneous Fredholm integral equation. Both slit and circular aperture are studied in detail.

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  2. Reference 1, p. 85.
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  6. R. Barakat (to be published).
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  14. F. G. Tricomi, Integral Equations (Interscience Publishers, Inc., New York, 1957).

Arsac, J.

J. Arsac, Optica Acta 3, 114 (1956).

Barakat, R.

R. Barakat (to be published).

R. Barakat, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 52, 264 (1962), this issue.

di Francia, G. Toraldo

G. Toraldo di Francia, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 497 (1955).

Luneberg, R. K.

R. K. Luneberg, Mathematical Theory of Optics (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1944), p. 390.

Ostcrberg, H.

H. Ostcrberg, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 40, 295 (1950).

Osterberg, H.

H. Osterberg and J. Wilkins, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 533 (1949).

H. Osterberg and F. Wissler, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 558 (1949).

Rayleigh, Lord

Lord Rayleigh, Collected Papers (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1902), Vol. 3, p. 84.

Sparrow, C.

C. Sparrow, Astrophys. J. 44, 76 (1916).

Tricomi, F. G.

F. G. Tricomi, Integral Equations (Interscience Publishers, Inc., New York, 1957).

Wilkins, J.

H. Osterberg and J. Wilkins, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 533 (1949).

Wissler, F.

H. Osterberg and F. Wissler, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 558 (1949).

Wolf, E.

E. Wolf, Repts. Progr. Phys. 14, 95 (1951).

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Lord Rayleigh, Collected Papers (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1902), Vol. 3, p. 84.

Reference 1, p. 85.

C. Sparrow, Astrophys. J. 44, 76 (1916).

G. Toraldo di Francia, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 45, 497 (1955).

J. Arsac, Optica Acta 3, 114 (1956).

R. Barakat (to be published).

E. Wolf, Repts. Progr. Phys. 14, 95 (1951).

H. Osterberg and J. Wilkins, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 533 (1949).

H. Osterberg and F. Wissler, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 558 (1949).

H. Ostcrberg, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 40, 295 (1950).

R. K. Luneberg, Mathematical Theory of Optics (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1944), p. 390.

R. Barakat, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 52, 264 (1962), this issue.

See reference 11, p. 388.

F. G. Tricomi, Integral Equations (Interscience Publishers, Inc., New York, 1957).

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