Image formation of a one dimensional polynomial mirror: Numbers and parities of images

Wei Liang Hsu, Stanley Pau

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Abstract

This paper addresses the image formation, including both real images and virtual images, of the polynomial mirrors when analyzed by using ray optics. The imaging properties of polynomial mirrors, including mirrors with quadratic, cubic, and quartic polynomial shapes, are reviewed and generalized to higher order polynomial mirrors by being approximated as a piecewise set of displaced parabolic mirrors. The conditions in which multiple virtual images can be formed and the parities of the virtual images are investigated both theoretically and experimentally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)986-993
Number of pages8
JournalOptics and Lasers in Engineering
Volume51
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • Image formation
  • Polynomial mirror
  • Real image
  • Virtual image

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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