Colorimetry of Self-Luminous Displays

  • Terry Benzschawel
Part of the Defense Research Series book series (DRSS, volume 3)


Color is that aspect of visible radiant energy by which an observer may distinguish differences between two structure-free fields of the same size and shape, such as may be caused by differences in the spectral composition of the radiant energy concerned in the observation (Wyszecki & Stiles, 1982). Since color is not a property of light itself, but rather the result of light interacting with a nervous system of some complexity, color is a psychophysical concept. Nevertheless, as scientists and engineers, we subscribe to the view that functional relationships exist between changes in light energy and color and that understanding these relationships will allow us to create more pleasant environments and image generating devices that are matched to the image-processing mechanisms of the human visual system. In fact, a failure to understand the effects of color on human visual performance and preference can lead to low productivity or accident in the workplace or to products whose color rendition is inadequate for their intended applications.


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  • Terry Benzschawel
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