Rayleigh resolution criterion

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Limit of an optical instrument to distinguish two approaching images.

Rayleigh derived his theory based on light experiments and stated that the resolving power of an optical instrument to distinguish two approaching images, occurs when the diffraction images are separated at least a distance equal to the peak-to-trough separation of the instrument's diffraction pattern (half the bread of the wavelet, b/2). This limit is also named as tuning thickness (b/2), can be obtained by differentiating the wavelet once. For Ricker wavelets this limit can be expressed in terms of lambda as: λ/4

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