Abstract

Recent discussions of optical resolving power are given in terms of the eigenfunctions of the integral equation describing the image formation process. The elegant mathematics tends to hide the nature of the physical process and also deters readers with limited mathematical experience. This paper attempts to remedy the situation by discussing resolution in terms of conventional Fourier theory only.

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Barnes, C. W.

C. W. Barnes, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 575 (1966).

Born, M.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon, Oxford, 1964), section 9.5.

Cathey, W. T.

W. T. Cathey, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1503 (1974).

Francia, G. Toraldo di

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

G. Toraldo di Francia, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 59, 199 (1969).

Frieden, B. R.

B. R. Frieden, in Progress in Opti cs, IX, edited by E. Wolf (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1971).

Goodman, J. W.

J. W. Goodman, Introduction to Fourier Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968).

J. W. Goodman, in Progress in Optics, VIII, edited by E. Wolf (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1970) (review with many references).

Harris, R. W.

C. K. Rushforth and R. W. Harris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 539 (1968).

McCutchen, C. W.

C. W. McCutchen, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 1190 (1967).

Rushforth, C. K.

C. K. Rushforth and R. W. Harris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 539 (1968).

Wolf, E.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon, Oxford, 1964), section 9.5.

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

C. W. Barnes, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 575 (1966).

G. Toraldo di Francia, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 59, 199 (1969).

B. R. Frieden, in Progress in Opti cs, IX, edited by E. Wolf (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1971).

J. W. Goodman, Introduction to Fourier Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968).

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon, Oxford, 1964), section 9.5.

J. W. Goodman, in Progress in Optics, VIII, edited by E. Wolf (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1970) (review with many references).

Handbook of Mathematical Functions, edited by H. Abramowitz and I. A. Stegun (U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1964), Ch. 5.

C. K. Rushforth and R. W. Harris, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 539 (1968).

W. T. Cathey, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1503 (1974).

C. W. McCutchen, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 1190 (1967).

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