We present a general method of inverting numerical data describing the form of a mirage to yield the atmospheric refractive-index or temperature profile that caused the mirage. The method is applied to three analytically generated mirages and five experimentally observed mirages to demonstrate its effectiveness. It is shown to be reasonably robust and reliable in inverting all but the most complex mirage phenomena.
© 1991 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 11, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: August 10, 1990
Published: February 1, 1991
W. G. Rees, C. M. Roach, and C. H. F. Glover, "Inversion of atmospheric refraction data," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 8, 330-338 (1991)