The curve which is the envelope of reflected (catacaustic) or refracted (diacaustic) rays of a given curve for a light source at a given point (known as the radiant point).

See also

Catacaustic, Circle Catacaustic, Diacaustic, Envelope, Evolute, Orthotomic, Radiant Point

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