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  • Jürgen BeyererEmail author
  • Fernando Puente León
  • Christian Frese


In photometry, all quantities are with reference to the perception of brightness by the human eye. The sensitivity of the human eye can be described by a function V (λ) of the wavelength. This so-called luminosity function varies for different ambient conditions, such as photopic vision or scotopic vision, for example (Fig. 5.1), which refer to human perception at daylight or in darkness. The luminosity function of the light-adapted eye is used for defining the photometric base system. It is scaled to have a maximum value of 1. The luminosity function can be empirically measured using a psychophysical method similar to the method described in Sec. 5.2.3. However, the perception of brightness of the human eye is not a metric quantity: differences and ratios cannot be quantified by human perception. The corresponding conclusions for photometric quantities do not represent the human perception of brightness [36].


Color Space Color Perception Luminosity Function Color Stimulus Primary Color 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Beyerer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fernando Puente León
    • 2
  • Christian Frese
    • 3
  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung and The Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und BildauswertungKarlsruheGermany

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