Abstract

Methodology is presented for the analysis and synthesis of three model deep sea submersible-mounted optical viewing systems. The radiation field of the illuminator is characterized by a phenomenological beam model. Several useful concepts are introduced: exposure field, exposure contrast field, irradiance field, signal-to-noise field, and blur. Certain key exposures and irradiances are calculated. Emphasis is placed on the specification of optimum angular field of view, optimum height off-bottom, and speed of the submersible as a function of the various optical system parameters.

© 1975 Optical Society of America

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