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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Diffraction of Light

Yet again this pattern was created by laser beam as it falls on the patterned surface of the diffractive optical element called photon sieve and than reflected in the lens ball. I called it "Photon ball". Photon sieve is a deployable primary mirror for cadet project 3U Satellite FalconSAT-7. It will be deployed on orbit and image the sun from space.

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Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
Camera: SLT-A65V
Copyright: © Olha Asmolova