Analytical treatment and experiments of the virtual image of cone mirrors

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We present the analytical calculation, validated by experiments, of the virtual image of solid cone mirrors used to decipher hidden pictures and/or writings on the plane of the cone’s base. Our results demonstrate that the virtual image of solid cone mirrors lies on a not intuitive 3D surface, thus showing how the commonly used geometric treatment is inadequate to find the correct position of the virtual image. The extension of our analysis to cone mirrors used as panoramic imaging tools for machine vision is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145 - 150
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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