Interactive Java Tutorials
Negative Meniscus Lenses
This tutorial explores lens action with a simple negative meniscus lens. To operate the tutorial, place your mouse cursor on the soldier, then click on the left-hand button and move him back and forth to view different levels of magnification.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we apply the following equation to describe lens action:
where f is the focal length of the lens, p is the distance of the distance with respect to the optical center of the lens, and q is the distance of the image to the optical center of the lens.
The negatively curved surface of a negative meniscus lens faces the object being imaged, and this results in a negative value for the focal length. The lens equation, in this instance, yields a negative image distance resulting in the image being formed on the object side of the lens. Therefore, the soldier is formed by an extrapolation of the light rays into a virtual image formed on the incoming-light side of the lens.
Mortimer Abramowitz - Olympus America, Inc., Two Corporate Center Drive., Melville, New York, 11747.
Matthew J. Parry-Hill and Michael W. Davidson - National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 East Paul Dirac Dr., The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 32310.
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