Disappearing Lens

Disappearing Lens

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Credit: GIPHOTOSTOCK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Disappearing lens. In this photograph the upper half of the lens is in air and it works as a familiar magnifying glass due to refraction at the air-glass interface. The lower part of the lens is submerged in a liquid with the same index of refraction as that of the lens. Since no refraction occurs at the liquid-glass interface the lens does not alter the checker-board image. In fact, the lower half of the lens is practically invisible. This demonstration is on display at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany.

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Keywords: bavaria, bavarian, bayern, demonstration, deutsches museum, index-matching, lens, light, muenchen, munich, museum, optic, optical, physics, refract, refraction, refractive, refractive index, science

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