Abstract

The flux distribution resulting from the light from an emitting surface being scattered by reflection from an irregular mirror surface is formulated. The particular case of the limb-darkened sun, a parabolic mirror, and a plane focal surface are analyzed using an example of geometrical scattering that occurs for thin metal optical surfaces possessing a show-through due to honeycomb backing. A matrix algorithm for computing the flux distribution is developed.

© 1966 Optical Society of America

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