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Sat February 16, 2013 By:
 

Using lens maker's formula for a equi-convex lens calculate the effect of breaking the lens into two equal halves lengthwise??

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Tue February 19, 2013
The relation between the focal length, f, and radius of curvatures R 1 and R 2 is given by the lens makers formula. The lens maker formula for concave lens is,    where µ is the refractive index of the material of the lens. where R1 and R2 are negative for concave surfaces.
 for diverging lens 1/f= ( ?-1)[-1/R -1/R] Thus, f= -R/[2( ?-1)]For each plano concave lens: 1/f' = ( ?-1)[-1/R -1/?] Thus    f'= -R/[( ?-1)]. Hence f' =2 f. The focal length of each half part will be twice the focal length of diverging lens.
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