Oa-6 Corner Reflector

Aim

To demonstrate a retroreflector.

Apparatus

  • 3 Mirror corner
  • Class I or II Laser
  • Smoke Machine

Corner Mirror Right Corner Mirror Movement

3 Mirror Corner Setup.

Description

The three mirrors arranged to have three mutually perpendicular faces have the property of being retrodirective; i.e. it will reflect all incoming rays back along their original directions. When viewed from any angle the image of the observer always appears at the vertex of the three mirrors. Alternatively a laser beam directed to the reflector comes straight back. A cloud of smoke makes the beams visible to the class.

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