From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017
MTF is one of the most common metrics used to quantify the resolving power of an optical component. Extensive literature is dedicated to describing methods to calculate the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) for stand-alone optical components such as a camera lens or telescope, and some literature addresses approaches to determine an MTF for combination of an optic with a detector. The formulations pertaining to a combined electro-optical system MTF are mostly based on theory, and assumptions that detector MTF is described only by the pixel pitch which does not account for wavelength dependencies. When working with real hardware, detectors are often characterized by testing MTF at discrete wavelengths. This paper presents a method to simplify the calculation of a polychromatic system MTF when it is permissible to consider the detector MTF to be independent of wavelength.
Torben B. Andersen and Zachary A. Granger, "Camera System MTF: combining optic with detector," Proc. SPIE 10375, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVIII, 103750C (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 07, 2017; Published: 23 August 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2272832.
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