Abstract

Threshold measurements have been made on random patterns that have been computer filtered to contain only certain spatial frequencies. The dependence of threshold on the spatial-frequency distribution of the energy in the patterns was measured. The results indicate that the visibility of an unstructured pattern is dependent on the spatial-frequency content of the pattern. Near threshold, narrow-band noise is much more visible than wide-band noise. The narrow-band noise visibility is caused by the presence of structure in the pattern, some of which is rotation sensitive. For wider-band noise, the modulation transfer function is circularly symmetric. The visibility of very-wide-band noise near threshold depends only on the luminance variations concentrated within a one-octave spatial-frequency band.

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