parabolic mirror


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parabolic mirror

n.
A concave mirror, generally circular and with a parabolic cross-section, used either to concentrate radiation reflected from its surface onto a central focal point (as in a parabolic antenna) or to direct radiation emitted by the central focal point and reflected from the mirror into parallel beams (as in an automobile's headlights).
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Noun1.parabolic mirror - a parabolic reflector for light radiationparabolic mirror - a parabolic reflector for light radiation
parabolic reflector, paraboloid reflector - a concave reflector used to produce a parallel beam when the source is placed at its focus or to focus an incoming parallel beam
reflecting telescope, reflector - optical telescope consisting of a large concave mirror that produces an image that is magnified by the eyepiece; "Isaac Newton invented the reflecting telescope in 1668"
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The proposed secondary optics is interposed between the linear parabolic mirror and the linear row of PV cells [9, 10].
A parabolic mirror or an acoustic horn is utilized to enhance the directivity and the received signal power of the microphone.
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In a ceremony that evoked thoughts of Olympia in ancient Greece, a High Priestess lit the torch from the rays of the sun reflected in a parabolic mirror at the MDC National Stadium -- home of the first Asian Games in 1951.
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The ceremony was held with actresses dressed as ancient priestesses at the birthplace of the Greek games held in antiquity, with the flame lighting using a parabolic mirror. NHL star Alex Ovechkin was the first Russian involved in the torch relay.
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The flame, meant to represent purity, was kindled from the rays of the sun using a parabolic mirror in a ceremony on May 10 at Olympia, the home of the ancient Olympic Games.