Parabolic Mirror, Illustration
All conic sections possess a mirror property which, in case of parabola, guarantees that the light emitted from a source located at the focus of a parabola and reflected off its inner surface travels along a straight line parallel to the axis of the parabola. The applet below is a simple illustration of this property.
The flashlights and automotive front lights have a light source at the focus of a parabolic mirror. Modern radio telescopes work on this principle as well but in reverse, collecting the rays from a distant source in the focus of a prabolic antena. Dish TV also works on this principle.
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