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Does 'focal length' mean something different with lenses and pinhole cameras?

Sometimes different but related things have the same name by some tradition or accident, causing a lot of headache to newcomers to a field. I would like to come to clear terms with this: does the ...
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Experiment to find the circle of least confusion (optics)

I want to conduct an experiment where the circle of least confusion (wiki ref) occurs for a lens. Suppose that I shine white light onto the lens and I know the lens EFL is lets say 100 mm, in order to ...
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Balance lens tilt aberration

Given a doublet (singlet in reference figure), if the rays enter at an angle with respect to the origin axis, we would see a shift of focal length for blue and red. A known optical jitter How could ...
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Combination of mirror and lenses [closed]

I am a keen learner of physics, but I am unable to solve problems involving lenses and mirrors together. please can anybody tell me the method to solve these problems? for instance let us take a ...
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Is there any limit to distance between two waves when used in Huygens principle?

Apologising for not being clear. When I used Huygens principle to determine the spherical wavuefront of radius $R/2$ created by reflection from a spherical concave lens of radius $R$, I got amazingly ...
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Right lens for my laser [closed]

I want to know if there is a way to find out size of lens(radius, it has to be sphere), when i know focal distance(120cm) and refractive index(1.7), for 2cm(diameter) laser ligting on it?
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Confused regarding sign convention of silvered plano convex lens

I'm totally confused while finding the sign convention of a silvered plano convex lens. I know that equivalent power of such a system can be found by adding the power of the mirror and twice the power ...
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Effect of introducing lens on Fringe width

Suppose I have a light source of wavelength 400 nm. The slits are placed at a distance 1 mm apart. The distance between the slit plane and the screen is 50 cm. So that makes the fringe width, $\beta ...
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Calculating lens parameters

I have a very bright LED light and I'd like to make this light focus so it forms around 5mm thick strong line (height can be arbitrary) on on an object about 150 mm away. I used a cylindrical lens ...
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Combined function magnet

I am searching how a combined function magnet for accelerator physics works, but on the books that i have and on the web i can find only patents for this thing, that suppose to know already how this ...
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Difference between convexo-concave and concavo-convex lenses?

What is the difference between concavo-convex and convexo-concave lenses? We dont say convexo-plane for plano-convex. Does that mean concavo-convex and convexo-concave are essentially the same?
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Easy method to measure the NA of a lens system?

I have a lens system made up of some components of the Leica Z16 APO zoom system. This includes a built-in iris diaphragm to adjust the Numerical Aperture (NA) and therefore the depth-of-field (DOF). ...
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Optics - how a lens distorts the image

If we consider a small object of length $b$ that is placed flat along the axis of a concave mirror, how will the image produced be different from the object? I know that a lens will magnify or ...
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Is it possible for two strong lenses to cancel each other effects?

Is it possible for a lens system for 2 strong lenses to cancel each other, so it looks almost the same as a common glass, while at the same time making an object in between them appear big and ...
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Shaving down length of a GRIN lens to a desired wavelength

I have a GRIN lens that collimates light from a point source at 670nm. I want to shave the thickness of the lens down to use for 530 nm. I can't find anything useful for equations online. None seem to ...
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Rule sign for concave and convex lens?

I am just totally confused about the rule sign of convex and concave lenses. The general formula: $1/v-1/u=1/f$ Is okay but when solving problem sums sometimes $v$ becomes negative sometimes $u$ and ...
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Which one is better 40'' parabolic mirror or 34''x44'' fresnel lens?

I want to make solar concentrator which can reach 2000F or above temperature at focussed spot, so I came across parabolic mirror and fresnel lens but I can't decide which one is better. Also I will be ...
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Cause of Spherical Aberrations

What is the cause of spherical aberrations in lenses? I know that it's due to the differing width of the lens, but I don't understand/know the physics of why the lens width affects the focal distance ...
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Why Double Fresnel Lenses on HMD

I'm creating my own HMD (head-mounted-display), and I saw that nowadays, Double Fresnel Lenses are used for the "Wearality" (HMD, see link below) with a lot of success (I read somewhere that the HMD ...
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Designing a lens

What factors would I have to take into account when designing a lens. For instance, I want to design a lens that has a focal length of approximately 20 cm, and it is intended to be used for ...
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Image formation by a convex lens without a screen

The real image of an object placed between f and 2f from a convex lens can be seen on a screen placed at the image location. If the screen is removed, would the image be still perceived? Is the image ...
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How can the active area of a photodiode increased?

I use photo-diode VTB8440BH. To increase its active area I was thinking to put a lens in front the diode would enlarge its active area. What kind of lens would be beneficial one? I was thinking of a ...
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How to transmit light ideally through not parallel tiny holes within a metal case?

I currently try to transmit light through a tiny hole of one side of a metal case in order to receive the light on the other side of the case. The tiny holes are not parallel (see image 2). Using ...
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How to calculate the diameter of a thin lense?

A photo produced with a single thin lense is provided. Only based on the photo I should calculate the diameter of the lense. The photo shows a ruler in the foreground and a point source of light in ...
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How does light focused through a lens create bokeh (blurry background)?

This question is relevant, though I don't think it quite answers the question. From a photography perspective, when you open the aperture wide (with a small f-number) you get a very shallow depth of ...
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Spherical and chromatic aberration correction

I have some spherical lenses which are 5mm, 1mm and 0,5 mm in diameter, having 100x, 350x and 1000x magnification respectively. While looking at blood samples, I'm having big problems with spherical ...
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Singular isothermal density distribution

Does anyone know where the Singular isothermal density distribution $$ \rho(r)=\frac{\sigma_{V}^{2}}{2\pi\,G\,r^{2}} $$ or how it was derived. Are there any good references on how this equation was ...
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Is it possible to calculate the dimensions of ANY object in a picture having at some known distance an object on know dimensions?

Is it possible to calculate the dimensions of ANY object in a picture having at some known distance an object on know dimensions? I'm thinking about the scenario where someone is holding a smartphone ...
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Why do acoustic lenses need air channels?

In every design of an acoustic lens I have seen so far, be it Fresnel lens or GRIN lens, there are always air channels included in the design. I don't see why this is needed. Couldn't a lens be built ...
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If a lens focuses all incoming light to a point, how do we get 2D images?

How do lenses produce 2-dimensional images, if a lens bends all incoming rays of light to intersect at the focal point? Shouldn't this produce a single dot of light on a screen placed at the focal ...
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How can one prove the equation for a system of lenses? [closed]

Let's say we have a system of 2 lenses which are placed in a non-negligible distance $L$ from eachother. How can I prove without using geometrical construction and principal planes that $$\frac 1f ...
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Question about lens maker's formula

I am trying to follow the derivation of lens maker's formula from the textbook "University Physics", p.1133 ...
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General proof of formulas of geometric optics?

In most lf textbooks formulas of geometric optics like lens maker formula and base formula for that are proven (or rather verified from my point of view) by taking specific case (ray diagram) and ...
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Is the human eye diffraction limited, or is there another limiting factor?

I know that most problems involving the human eye in my undergrad physics text book tell the student to treat the human eye as a diffraction limited system (ie to assume the only factor limiting human ...
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Imaging and the Electric Field

In this book (pg. 162), it mentioned that conventional lenses only focus propagating waves, thereby creating an imperfect image. In contrast, superlenses focus both propagating and evanescent waves, ...
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Determine the necessary radii of a double equiconvex lens, such that BFL=0

Sounds like a simple problem, but I have no training in optics: I need to work out the optimal radius to use for all four surfaces of a double equiconvex lens, so that a point light source close to ...
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Size of object from its image [duplicate]

If the quality of the camera (i.e. the megapixels) (assume to be $x$) of the camera is known and an object is kept a known distance from the camera (assume to be $d$), can the actual width and length ...
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Spherical Aberration Of Electron Lenses

I would like to know why electron lenses can't have negative spherical aberration. Every textbook I have found devotes one or two sentences to saying that Otto Scherzer prooved this 80 years ago, but ...
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What wavelength of light is the term 'focal length' defined against? [closed]

Because different wavelengths of light are bent differently in a medium, the focal length ought to be different for each of them (which is why white light splits up into a rainbow). If I have a "25 mm ...
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If I wear contact lens and spectacles of same power, is it same wearing thick spectacles of twice the lens power?

Assume I have a contact lens of power -1 and a spectacles of +1. Will they cancel out their effect? is it same as my normal eye sight?
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Combination of two concave lenses

When we have two convex lenses in contact we have the combination behaving as a converging lens. Can someone please give an analytical description for the combination of two concave lenses in contact ...
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How to use a magnifying glas or any lens to enhance small light power?

I am currently trying to amplify a tiny amount of light so that a photodiode will recognize it. In order to amplify the light I thought about using a magnifying glass since I got to know that such ...
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combination of mirror and lens [closed]

a convex lens forms a real image of a point object at a distance of 50 cm from convex lens. a concave lens is placed 10 cm behind convex lens on image side. on placing a plane mirror on the image side ...
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Why Image is not enlarged if we keep convex lens first and concave lens at last?

Well After successfully getting some concave and convex lens I started observing. At first I saw that if we keep concave lens near to your eye and just after x distance away if we keep convex lens we ...
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A half covered lens

Let's say there's an object in front of a convex lens. I have a piece of paper behind the lens at the right location such that it will the lens will form an image on the paper. The object is ...
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Can a magnifying glass work on EM radiation other than visible light?

A magnifying glass is a convex lens which allows us to bend visible light, thus the image of the object appears larger. My question is, can a magnifying glass work on the rest of the electromagnetic ...
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What is the formula of power of an optical instrument?

I have searched and found that the power of a lens, with surrounding medium of refractive index $n$, is $n/f$ where $f$ is the focal length, the formula is $$n/f=(n'-n)/R1 + (n-n')/R2.$$ But in my ...
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How to calculate the focal length of spherical shell (zero meniscus lens)

I can get my head around the optics of a spherical shell (a meniscus lens that neither diverge nor converge, being neither positive nor negative etc). I don’t see how I can describe in a formula how ...
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Determining the focal length of a gradient index lens

There are three subquestions in this question, all marked bold. Let's consider a planoconvex gradient index lens of thickness $d$, radius $R$ whose refractive index changes with the distance from ...
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What criterion did Abbe use?

For a microscope (correct me if I am wrong) the Rayleigh Criterion gives us: $$ R=\frac{1.22 \lambda}{NA_{condenser}+NA_{objective}}$$ But with the Abbe diffraction limit: $$ ...