Explain what is rayleigh's criterion for resolution?

Asked by  | 29th Jan, 2010, 02:52: PM

Expert Answer:

The following excerpt from hyperphysics might help.

The Rayleigh Criterion

The Rayleigh criterion is the generally accepted criterion for the minimum resolvable detail - the imaging process is said to be diffraction-limited when the first diffraction minimum of the image of one source point coincides with the maximum of another.


Single slit

Circular aperture

Answered by  | 29th Jan, 2010, 10:07: PM

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