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  • Vol. 69, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1979
  • pp: 1103–1106

Arcs of Lowitz

James R. Mueller, Robert G. Greenler, and A. James Mallmann  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 69, Issue 8, pp. 1103-1106 (1979)

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A computer simulation technique is used to investigate the origins of the arcs of Lowitz. The model explored consists of light passing through a hexagonal ice plate, spinning about a major diagonal axis that remains horizontal as the crystal falls.

© 1979 Optical Society of America

James R. Mueller, Robert G. Greenler, and A. James Mallmann, "Arcs of Lowitz," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 1103-1106 (1979)

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