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  • Vol. 48, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1268–1273

System approach to image formation in a magic mirror

Andrey V. Gitin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 7, pp. 1268-1273 (2009)

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Image formation in a quasi-linear isoplanar system consisting of a plane-parallel layer of bronze (a “magic mirror”) and a plane-parallel layer of free space (air) is described. The exhaustive characteristic of the quasi-linear isoplanar system is performed with a point spread function, where the role of an incoming signal from a point source is investigated with a local camber (or a hollow) on the back of the bronze mirror. Note that the point spread function of the image system should be as close as possible to a Dirac δ function. The quasi-linear isoplanar imaging magic-mirror–layer-of-space system should map a point source input signal (local camber on the back surface of a bronze mirror) to a point output signal (a light point on the screen). At a certain parity between the thickness of the layer of bronze and the thickness of the layer of free space, this linear isoplanar system forms the image with a very large depth of field.

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OCIS Codes
(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: August 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 13, 2009
Published: February 23, 2009

Andrey V. Gitin, "System approach to image formation in a magic mirror," Appl. Opt. 48, 1268-1273 (2009)

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