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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: F129–F133

Photographic observation of a natural fourth-order rainbow

Michael Theusner  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 28, pp. F129-F133 (2011)

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We report what is believed to be the first photographic recording of a quaternary rainbow in nature. It appears on the Sun side of the sky with its red arc at a radius of about 45 ° from the Sun. The original pictures have been subjected to various forms of image processing to reveal the tertiary rainbow as well as the quaternary rainbow, which are separated by only a few degrees with their colors reversed and their red arcs adjacent to each other.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(010.7295) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Visibility and imaging

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2011
Published: September 30, 2011

Michael Theusner, "Photographic observation of a natural fourth-order rainbow," Appl. Opt. 50, F129-F133 (2011)

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