Luminance, Radiance, and Temperature

  • Lucien M. Biberman
Part of the Optical Physics and Engineering book series (OPEG, volume 1)


When a term used to denote a scientific quantity or property has multiple meanings, and when the criteria of its measurement are both physical and psychophysical and the two criteria can yield wide disparity in results, confusion is bound to follow even for those well acquainted with all the contradictions. This fact well applies to the subject of luminance, radiance, and temperature. The confusion between “light” as that which produces the sensation of vision at the retina, and light as exemplified by the radiant power that makes grass grow, or exposes photographic film, or activates a television camera, is all but hopeless.


Radiant Energy Radiant Power Spectral Response Spectral Distribution Spectral Radiance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucien M. Biberman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.IDAArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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