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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 4 — Aug. 16, 1999
  • pp: 64–74

Simulation of inferior mirages observed at the Halligen Sea

Eberhard Tränkle  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 5, Issue 4, pp. 64-74 (1999)

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Two unusual forms of inferior mirage are observed and photographed at the Halligen Sea. With heuristic analytic functions for the temperature profiles, numerical integration of the refraction differential equation on a flat earth is performed. The simulation shows that a double inferior mirage can appear if a light wind carries hot air from above dry sandbanks in the mud flats. Horizontal stripes can appear in the mirage image if a water channel crosses the line of sight between the observer and the object.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Mirages and refraction
(120.6780) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Temperature

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Focus Issue: Light and Color

Original Manuscript: July 29, 1999
Published: August 16, 1999

Eberhard Tränkle, "Simulation of inferior mirages observed at the Halligen Sea," Opt. Express 5, 64-74 (1999)

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