Abstract

Iterative image deconvolution algorithms generally lack objective criteria for deciding when to terminate iterations, often relying on ad hoc metrics for determining optimal performance. A statistical-information-based analysis of the popular Richardson–Lucy iterative deblurring algorithm is presented after clarification of the detailed nature of noise amplification and resolution recovery as the algorithm iterates. Monitoring the information content of the reconstructed image furnishes an alternative criterion for assessing and stopping such an iterative algorithm. It is straightforward to implement prior knowledge and other conditioning tools in this statistical approach.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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