Point spread function in ocean water: Comparison between theory and experiment

John W. McLean, Kenneth J. Voss

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A new instrument to measure the point spread function (PSF) in the ocean has provided the opportunity for direct comparison between theoretical predictions and experimental measurement. Theoretical predictions are derived from small angle scattering theory using a simple algebraic fit to the single scattering phase function. The resulting predictions for the PSF are found to match the experimental measurements over a wide range of angles and optical depths. Key words: Ocean optics, point spread function, light scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2027-2030
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number15
StatePublished - May 20 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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