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Spectral Threshold Function of the Human Visual System under photopic conditions [from Section 17.2.3]
The above figure describes the theoretical spectral threshold performance of the human eye with great precision. The curve describes the measured data of Pitt to a remarkable degree (well within a ± 2 nm envelope) and demonstrates the systematic deviations from a smooth curve in the measured data are not due to measurement technique.
The overall performance is computed from the signal to threshold performance characteristic of the P and Q chrominance channels individually followed by a merging of the curves. As best as can be determined, the merging occurs at a wavelength of 532 nm. The perceptual selection process appears to be based on a a maximum signal to threshold criteria (using absolute values in the above figure).
The above features are discussed in detail in Chapter 17.
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