Geometric optics

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geometric optics

The application of ray tracing to explain scattering and refractive effects by particles that are very large compared with the wavelength of the radiation.

Geometric optics provides useful explanations for atmospheric features such as rainbows, halos, and many other ice crystal optical displays.