Aerosol modulation transfer function: An overview

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The aerosol modulation transfer function (MTF) describes blurring deriving from light scatter caused by aerosols. Little scintillations or image dancing are involved. When overall atmospheric point spread function (PSF) is analyzed for its turbulence component deriving from angle-of-arrival fluctuations or scintillations, a significant portion of the PSF is left over. This is the aerosol component. This overview describes the basic physical mechanisms for aerosol MTF and its wavelength, weather, and time exposure dependences, as well as a comparison to turbulence MTF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-225
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997
EventPropagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 29 Jul 199729 Jul 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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