Abstract

The brightness of lights defined by heterochromatic flicker photometry as being of equal luminance was determined by direct comparison with a white standard. Stimuli included mixtures of white and colored lights. Eight different colorimetric purities were tested for each of eleven primaries. Adaptation to a known white was maintained. Resulting brightnesses were expressed in terms of the ratio of the amount of light required for a brightness match to the amount required for a flicker photometric match (B:F). B:F ratios varied with the primary, being largest for red and blue primaries. The variation of B:F ratio with colorimetric purity differed depending on the primary, although for any given dominant wavelength the highest-purity stimulus always had the largest B:F ratio. The data qualitatively exclude a number of simple models of brightness generation.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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