Lens Shape: Effect On Lens Action Interactive Flash Tutorial
This tutorial explores the effect of lens shape on the interaction of a lens with light. Each side of the "window" is adjustable to produce a concave or convex surface using the buttons below.
This demonstration also considers refraction, convergence, and divergence of light as it passes through the lens from the left-hand side. Important values are delineated on the optical axis of the lens(es). The values F and F' are real and imaginary focal points (respectively), O is the object being imaged and I is the point where the image occurs. In situations where a real focal point occurs, the effects of optical aberrations are illustrated as separately colored (red and green) lines of focus.
Mortimer Abramowitz - Olympus America, Inc., Two Corporate Center Drive., Melville, New York, 11747.
Brian O. Flynn and Michael W. Davidson - National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 East Paul Dirac Dr., The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 32310.