Light

  • Jürgen Beyerer
  • Fernando Puente León
  • Christian Frese
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Abstract

Optical image acquisition and measurement methods rely on the properties of light. Light can be described physically in two very different ways: as a wave or as a particle. Depending on the concrete physical scenario in question, the one or the other perspective is more useful for describing an observed effect. Both of them are legitimate, but neither explains all observed phenomena. This is often referred to as the wave–particle duality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Beyerer
    • 1
  • Fernando Puente León
    • 2
  • Christian Frese
    • 3
  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung and The Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und BildauswertungKarlsruheGermany

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