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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: F21–F28

Rainbows, water droplets, and seeing—slow motion analysis of experiments in atmospheric optics

Michael Vollmer and Klaus-Peter Möllmann  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 28, pp. F21-F28 (2011)

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Many physics processes underlying phenomena in atmospheric optics happen on a rather short time scale such that neither the human eye nor video cameras are able to analyze the details. We report applications of high-speed imaging of laboratory experiments in atmospheric optics with subsequent slow motion analysis. The potential to study respective transient effects is investigated in general and for a few phenomena in detail, in particular for rainbow scattering due to single oscillating droplets during free fall, and for light propagation effects through atmospheric paths with turbulences, leading, e.g., to scintillation of stars or shimmering of mirage images.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(110.0115) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbulent media

Original Manuscript: May 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2011
Published: August 19, 2011

Michael Vollmer and Klaus-Peter Möllmann, "Rainbows, water droplets, and seeing—slow motion analysis of experiments in atmospheric optics," Appl. Opt. 50, F21-F28 (2011)

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