This is the personal site of Tom Roelandts. I’m trying to whet your appetite for science with this thing. My education and interests show through, of course, since I focus on stuff that I feel confident writing about. The site used to be solely about the photos, and I still think the thumbnails page is rather cute, but the emphasis has clearly shifted towards the articles lately.
How would you produce a square wave on a digital system? At first sight, this seems completely trivial. You might think that you could just alternate a series of +1 values with a series of −1 values and be done with it. Well, it doesn’t work like that. An ideal square wave needs infinite bandwith, so creating one is… read more
After computing The PSF of a Pinhole Camera and showing Some Wacky Pinholes and Their PSF in previous articles, the next step towards ever more realistic PSFs is adding color. A DSLR camera has detector pixels that are sensitive to red, green, and blue, and, since the size of the PSF depends on… read more
After introducing the Airy pattern in The Perfect Camera, I will show in this article how the PSF of a pinhole camera looks. A camera with a classical lens focuses the image that would be at infinity on the detector, which means that you actually get (approximately) the Airy pattern as the image of a point source there. This is not true for a pinhole camera, so… read more
The perfect camera is diffraction limited. This article is written strictly from an optical point of view, so don’t expect a Nikon / Canon / Leica comparison here… Optically, a camera (or telescope or other optical instrument) can be described by its point spread function (PSF), which… read more
The impulse response of a system is, perhaps not entirely unexpectedly, the response of a system to an impulse. This article introduces this all important concept, and shows how knowing only the impulse response of an LTI system can be used to… read more
The title of this article is Discrete-Time Signal Processing, although the term digital signal processing (with the abbreviation DSP) is much more common. Both types of signals are discrete in the time dimension, in the sense that they are sequences of numbers. The difference is that a digital signal is… read more
Responsive design is a way to make websites work both on desktops, tablets, and smartphones, without having to create a separate site for each of them. Something had to happen with my site to make it more mobile-friendly, and I’ve decided to “go responsive” with this site for several reasons: The percentage of mobile visitors is increasing steadily, so… read more