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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2003
  • pp: 394–398

Halo and Mirage Demonstrations in Atmospheric Optics

Michael Vollmer and Robert Greenler  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 3, pp. 394-398 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.42.000394


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Abstract

Some laboratory demonstrations on atmospheric optics are presented. The focus is on dispersion effects in mirages, lateral mirages, and inferior mirages produced with small hot plates. We also show a demonstration of the upper-tangent-arc halo, produced with a hexagonal prism, rotating about two axes.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.2940) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ice crystal phenomena
(010.4030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Mirages and refraction

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Michael Vollmer and Robert Greenler, "Halo and Mirage Demonstrations in Atmospheric Optics," Appl. Opt. 42, 394-398 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-3-394


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