Optical Board - Convex Spherical Mirror

Purpose

To show reflection of light rays from a convex mirror.

Equipment

Optical board with convex mirror and accessory lenses.

Images

l3-01

Description

Parallel rays incident on a spherical mirror appear to diverge from the focal point of the mirror as the apparent source. Use adjacent concave and convex lenses to obtain parallel rays. Choice of baffle and distance of baffle from source determine the number of rays and their spacing.

References

Myron Effing, Representing image formation in lenses and mirrors, TPT 15, 178-179 (1977). ◙Alex J. Dragt, Lie Albegraic Theory of Geometrical Optics and Optical Aberrations, Journal of the Optical Society of America 72,◙372-379. ◙Grovindan Rangarajan, Spherical Aberration and its Correction Using Ray Tracing and Lie Algebraic Methods. (Manuscript). ◙Diagram of Optical Experiments, Ealing Catalog. ◙Experiments on Optics Board Using a Mirror Arrangement That Gives Three Rays to Trace (handwritten), Allen Mincer. ◙Lecture Demonstrations Calculations Sheets. ◙Lecture Demonstrations List of Optical