11 Facts About Mirrors


Mirrors are used in optical and scientific apparatus such as telescopes, lasers, cameras, periscopes, and industrial machinery.

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Mirrors are often produced by the wet deposition of silver, or sometimes nickel or chromium via electroplating directly onto the glass substrate.

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Mirrors can be classified in many ways; including by shape, support, reflective materials, manufacturing methods, and intended application.

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Mirrors that are meant to precisely concentrate parallel rays of light into a point are usually made in the shape of a paraboloid of revolution instead; they are used in telescopes, in antennas to communicate with broadcast satellites, and in solar furnaces.

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Mirrors that reflect only part of the light, while transmitting some of the rest, can be made with very thin metal layers or suitable combinations of dielectric layers.

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Mirrors are usually manufactured by either polishing a naturally reflective material, such as speculum metal, or by applying a reflective coating to a suitable polished substrate.

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Mirrors can be manufactured to a wide range of engineering tolerances, including reflectivity, surface quality, surface roughness, or transmissivity, depending on the desired application.

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Mirrors can be used to attract the attention of search-and-rescue parties.

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Mirrors can be used to produce enhanced lighting effects in greenhouses or conservatories.

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Mirrors are a popular design-theme in architecture, particularly with late modern and post-modernist high-rise buildings in major cities.

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Mirrors are frequently used in interior decoration and as ornaments:.

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