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The subfield of optics in which light propagation is approximated in terms of rays. It mainly includes reflection and refraction on surfaces.

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### What is exactly an ‘virtual object’ ? ( From the point of view of lens maker’s formula )

Here’s an image from my textbook It shows, how an image is obtained from a convex lens. The second and the third images, shows in depth , that how a convex lens behaves. They say, that suppose (...
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### Why should the ray become parallel to base in a triangular prism at minimum deviation?

In the case of minimum deviation, the refracting angles at two surfaces are equal. Then the ray inside the prism should be parallel to the base only if it is isosceles triangular prism. But everywhere ...
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### Magnification vs Magnifying Power [closed]

I've read it a lot of times. But I've not been able to get around magnifying power and magnification of a simple microscope and the difference between them. Can someone explain?
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### Deep confusion with conventions and signs in geometric optics

This is an equation given in my book. The question is why have they used a negative sign on the LHS? Now, if you try to derive the mirror equation with simple geometry, you get 1/v +1/u =1/f . ...
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### Plotting EM fields

I am currently studying transformation optics and learning about electromagnetic cloaking. To plot my results(Electric and magnetic fields) i have to solve maxwell's equations given the permeability ...
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### What is the meaning of size of the image?

Say I am standing at a distance of $20m$ from a plane mirror and looking at it. My image in it as I see it is smaller than how I perceive myself. Why then does my physics textbook tell me that in a ...
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### Light field 5D Plenoptic Function

Wikipedia says "Since rays in space can be parameterized by three coordinates, x, y, and z and two angles $\theta$ and $\phi$, as shown at left, it is a five-dimensional function" I'm not ...
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### Shape of a mirror that focuses non-parallel light

If I am not mistaken, a parabola is the shape that a mirror has to be to focus ideal, parallel light rays to a single point. Real light sources are usually not actually parallel though, but are more ...
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### Concave lens path of ray

What will be the path of ray passing through the first focal length of a biconcave thin lens kept in air? I know that a ray passing through focus or appearing to pass through focus of a thin lens ...
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### The image of a wall clock is to be obtained on the opposite wall 2m away by the means of a convex lens. What is the minimum focal length required? [closed]

I'm in 10th grade and this question came in my physics test. Nobody was able to answer this question correctly except my physics teacher who says that the answer is 2m. My answer is that there should ...
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### Reflection law (from Fermat's principle) for arbitrary surface

Normally reflection law is deduced from Fermat's principle (e.g. here) for a planar mirror. Also some other mirror surfaces can be studied (e.g. here they treat a spherical mirror). Is there some ...
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### How to solve this problem : A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered…? [closed]

Problem: A glass sphere of radius 1 m and refractive index 1.5 is silvered at its back. A point object is kept at a distance of 1 m from the front face, as shown in the figure. Find the position of ...
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### Application of Snells law

What i know about snell's law: It is applied when a ray of light meets the interface of some other medium and we can find the fourth quantity if we know any of the three quantities in the following ...
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### Signal loss in non-reflected light through a tube proportional to square of the length?

Reading a patent I came across the claim: "...a portion of light intersecting the inner metal surface is not reflected, resulting in a loss in signal intensity... the signal loss is proportional to ...
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### Why do you need at least two rays to form an image?

Why isn't enough one light beam to form an image in your retina for example?
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### Bending of light [closed]

Why does bending of light(diffraction) occur?
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### Using thin needle for object and thick needle for image

I have performed an experiment to determine the focal length of a concave mirror in my school lab. It consists of an optical bench with two needles, one as object and one image. We basically try to ...
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### How do we call in English scientific terms the Fermat's principle about back and forth light traversal?

We know that the path followed by the light from point A to point B is independent of the direction of propagation of light. This is what is called in French "le principe de retour inverse de la ...
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### Total number of primary maxima in diffraction grating

I am trying to determine the total number of primary maxima that can be observed when light of wavelength 500 nm is incident normally on a diffraction grating, with the third-order maximum of the ...
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### Calculating angle of refraction of water in this lab setup? [closed]

The setup of the experiment is as drawn in the picture (where the red circle is a rotating disk, the box is a laser and the straight line the laser beam and the semi circle in the middle of the ...
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### Can focused light be treated as a point source?

Imagine there is a uniform, collimated beam coming from a distant light source. This beam passes through a lens and is focused to a point at the focal length. Can this "point" be treated as a point ...
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### Derivation of the formula related to number of images?

I have read in my book that if two mirrors are inclined at an angle $\theta$, if 360/$\theta$ is even , the number of images is given by (360/$\theta$) -1 What is the derivation of this formula? I ...
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### Light and Visibility [duplicate]

It is difficult to see through a closed glass window from the inside of a well lighted room, when it is dark outside. However it becomes relatively easy to see outside, when the light in the room are ...
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### Which Method for finding velocity of an object in the mirror is correct? [closed]

My Professor asked a question, "A person is seen jogging in a rear view mirror of focal length $1$m. He is at a distance $39$m from the mirror. His jogging speed is given to be $5 \frac{m}{s}$. ...
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### How to determine the radius of curvature of a convex lens?

Suppose there is an equi-convex lens made of glass which has a focal length ($f$) of 30cm. Then, can we not say that the radius of curvature, $R$ of the lens is twice the focal length, i.e. $R = 60cm$?...
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### What is the distinction between a “ray” and a “wave” in optics?

What is the distinction between a ray and a wave in optics? From what I can gather, the only discernible difference is in nomenclature, where a ray simply refers to an EM wave with short wavelengths. ...
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### The image of an object through a curved surface

We have a curved surface, separating two different medium, with refractive index n1 and n2. We know the radius R of the curve,then how can we find the position v of the image? I read that the ...
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### Do people wearing glasses have different field of view than those who don't?

There is one thing I sometimes wonder about ever since I was a child. Do people who wear eye glasses see objects in different size than those who don't?(Technically different size means different ...
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### Rings of light around a jet [duplicate]

When an obstacle is put in the path of a liquid jet, some standing waves are created upstream of the obstacle (see the pic) or we can say a similar form like this for them ( the wavelength of ...
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### Prismatic shaped rear view mirrors

To reduce the intensity of the incident light, prismatically shaped rear view mirrors are used in cars with a day-night switch which changes the angle such that instead of the polished surface ...
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### Lens formula and Lens maker's formula

When we derive the formula for lens and lens maker's formula using the formula for refraction at spherical interface $$\mu_2/v - \mu_1/u = (\mu_2-\mu_1)/R$$ we put $u$ to be $-u$ as it is on the left ...
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### What determines the sharpness of a shadow?

What are the factors that affect the sharpness of a shadow? I would think that the distance between the light source and the object, the distance between the object and the shadow, and the size of ...
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### Why doesn't a Gaussian beam converge to a point?

No matter what lens is put in the beam path of a Gaussian beam, it will always go through a waist of non-zero width. Why not just a point? I know the maths, I'm wondering whether there is any ...
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### Refracting telescope image formation

I'm having some trouble understanding how a refracting telescope forms a magnified image for an object that is not assumed to be infinitely far away. I drew this ray diagram: And as you can see, a ...
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### Image formed by a Prism

A series of questions that came in my mind after I saw a question So here it goes first the questions that have made me confused : 1) How image is formed by the prism? 2) When we take different ...
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### Are these reflected rays really parallel?

I have read that if an object is placed on the focus of a concave mirror (assume that the object is a vertical line placed on the focus), then the image will be formed at infinity. Here’s a diagram. ...
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### pinhole in projector screen

Consider a conventional slide projector projecting a properly focussed static image from a photographic slide onto a conventional screen, with a second screen placed a short distance behind that one. ...