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The first steps for learning optics: Ibn Sahl's, Al-Haytham's and Young's works on refraction as typical examples
Author(s): Mourad Zghal; Hamid-Eddine Bouali; Zohra Ben Lakhdar; Habib Hamam

Paper Abstract

Optics scholars did not only discover optical phenomena and laws governing them. Some of them also invented impressive optical systems and instruments or offered us techniques to juggle with optical signals and rays. One typical example of the impressive optical systems is the camera obscura invented by Ibn Al-Haytham. For techniques enabling us to easily handle optical rays, one can mention Young’s method to handle rays put into play by refraction. Nine centuries before him, Ibn Sahl proposed an elegant method to manipulate refraction related rays. These three examples will be handled in this paper, together with a historical overview inviting the reader to be in the context of this fascinating works.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9665, Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 966509 (3 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.2207465
Show Author Affiliations
Mourad Zghal, Univ. of Carthage (Tunisia)
Hamid-Eddine Bouali, Optical Society of Tunisia (Tunisia)
Zohra Ben Lakhdar, Optical Society of Tunisia (Tunisia)
Habib Hamam, Univ. de Moncton (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9665:
Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Marc Nantel, Editor(s)

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