Radiometric and Photometric Quantities and Laws

  • A. GianniniEmail author
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The chapter is devoted to the description of the main quantities and laws used to describe how real bodies emit optical radiation and receive it from the environment. In particular, the radiometric quantities are introduced in Sect. 2; then, taking into account the human eye sensitivity, in Sect. 4, the photometric quantities are described in the same order of the radiometric ones.


Solid Angle Radiant Flux Luminous Intensity Luminous Flux Luminous Efficacy 
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Further Reading

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    Palladino P (2005) Manuale di Illuminazione. Tecniche nuove (in Italian)Google Scholar
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    Ryer A (1998) Light measurements handbook. International light Inc, NewburyportGoogle Scholar
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    Oleari C (1998) Misurare il colore. Spettrofotometria, fotometria e colorimetria. Fisiologia e percezione. SIOF-Hoepli (in Italian)Google Scholar
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    Ashdown I, Eng P (1996) Photometry and radiometry: a tour guide for computer graphics enthusiasts. LC, FISGoogle Scholar
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    Schanda J (2007) Colorimetry. Understanding the CIE System. Wiley, New YorkGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNR-INO National Institute of OpticsFlorenceItaly

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