What does optics mean?

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ˈɒp tɪksop·tics

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opticsnoun

    the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of light

  2. opticsnoun

    optical properties

    "the optics of a telescope"

Wiktionary

  1. opticsnoun

    The physics of light and vision.

  2. opticsnoun

    The light-related aspects of a device.

    The optics of this telescope are particularly good.

  3. opticsnoun

    Perception, image, public relations.

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  1. Optics

    Optics is the branch of physics which involves the behaviour and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it. Optics usually describes the behaviour of visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light. Because light is an electromagnetic wave, other forms of electromagnetic radiation such as X-rays, microwaves, and radio waves exhibit similar properties. Most optical phenomena can be accounted for using the classical electromagnetic description of light. Complete electromagnetic descriptions of light are, however, often difficult to apply in practice. Practical optics is usually done using simplified models. The most common of these, geometric optics, treats light as a collection of rays that travel in straight lines and bend when they pass through or reflect from surfaces. Physical optics is a more comprehensive model of light, which includes wave effects such as diffraction and interference that cannot be accounted for in geometric optics. Historically, the ray-based model of light was developed first, followed by the wave model of light. Progress in electromagnetic theory in the 19th century led to the discovery that light waves were in fact electromagnetic radiation.

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  1. picots

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of optics in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of optics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of optics in a Sentence

  1. Keoki Jackson:

    Fiber-optics lasers are revolutionizing direct energy systems, we are investing in every component of the system – from the optics and beam control to the laser itself – to drive size, weight, and power efficiencies.

  2. Geoffrey Marcy:

    If the Milky Way actually has other intelligent species sending their spacecraft across the galaxy to settle around other stars on other planets, they might communicate using lasers, there could be a galactic Internet not borne by copper wires, not borne by fiber optics, but carried by laser beams crisscrossing the galaxy.

  3. Nicole Hendrickson:

    The optics are just very obvious, it's a perception that there's a loss of control for Republicans, and we have people of color who are assuming leadership roles and now you are trying to take that power away.

  4. Chris Bailey:

    There is no doubt that the optics around the trade/diplomacy backdrop have worsened in the last week and this has had a negative influence, there has also been a subtle change in the perceptions of market participants, for example the negative interest rate debate getting a very good airing in the United States.

  5. Paul Mangiamele:

    We’ll have a prime rib carving station and these big cast-iron doors where the prime rolls out, the optics will be impressive. It will smell great, look great, sound great.

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