The Modulation Transfer Function and Methods of Measurement

  • Frank Scott
  • Denis Frauenhofer
Part of the Optical Physics and Engineering book series (OPEG, volume 1)


It is the objective of this discussion to develop a method for the appraisal of the resolution performance of photoelectronic imaging devices. In order for such a method to be of value, it must be based on reasonable theoretical concepts and be so composed as to permit straightforward, easily interpreted physical measurements. These requirements are necessary so that a body of theory will exist which can predict with reasonable accuracy the results of experiment and the performance of actual systems. It is not the intention of this discussion to delve deeply into the theory, to go into extensive discussions of experiments and results, or to provide numerous comparisons of prediction and performance on actual devices. On the other hand, an attempt will be made to cover the salient features of the theory and its experimental support, as well as to give some insight into the practical aspects of the mechanism.


Transfer Function Spatial Frequency Modulation Transfer Function Knife Edge Image Tube 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    M. J. Lighthill, Fourier Analysis and Generalized Functions, Cambridge University Press (1962).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    A. Papoulis, The Fourier Integral and Certain of Its Applications, McGraw-Hill Book Co. (1962).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    E. O’Neill, Introduction to Statistical Optics, Addison Wesley, Reading, Mass. (1963).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, Pergamon Press, New York and London (1966).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Scott
    • 1
  • Denis Frauenhofer
    • 2
  1. 1.Perkin-Elmer CorporationNorwalkUSA
  2. 2.Ealing CorporationCambridgeUSA

Personalised recommendations