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ERIC Number: EJ834552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Mirrors in the Air: Mirages in Nature and in the Laboratory
Vollmer, M.
Physics Education, v44 n2 p165-174 Mar 2009
Although mostly not perceived consciously, mirages are very familiar phenomena of everyday life. They can generally occur if light is incident on media with a gradient of refractive index. This article starts with the easiest mirage effect, known as astronomical refraction, then presents examples for inferior and superior multiple image mirages, and finally focuses on demonstration experiments for the classroom. (Contains 19 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany