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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 1990
  • pp: 3204–3206

Mirage: multiple images

Richard White  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 22, pp. 3204-3206 (1990)

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In most real mirages, each ray is confined to a single plane giving collinear images. A contiguity principle suffices for the triple image form. Inversion of any image can be associated with contact of the corresponding ray with a caustic.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 2, 1989
Published: August 1, 1990

Richard White, "Mirage: multiple images," Appl. Opt. 29, 3204-3206 (1990)

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