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Photometry

Photometry is the science of measuring visible light in units that are weighted according to the sensitivity of the human eye.

The sensitivity of the human eye to light varies with wavelength. A light source with a a given radiance of green light, for example, appears much brighter than the same source with the same radiance of red or blue light. To convert radiometric and photometric units, the eye's response is approximated by the CIE weighting function.

Photometric theory does not address how we perceive colors. The light being measured can be monochromatic or a combination or continuum of wavelengths.

 

References:
   light
perception
radiance
radiometry
wavelength
 
 
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