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A

Abbe numberAbbe prismAbbe sine conditionAberration in optical systemsAbsorptionAbsorption spectrumActive laser mediumAfterglowAirglowAiry diskAlbedoAlexander's bandAlpenglowAngle of incidenceAngle of reflectionAnti-reflective coatingArago spotAsterism (astronomy)Asterism (gemmology)Aspheric lensAtmospheric diffractionAtom opticsAtomic, molecular, and optical physicsAura (optics)Auroral lightAvalanche photodiodeAventurescenceAxicon

B

Barrel distortionBeam splitterBeer-Lambert lawBinocularsBirefringenceBlack body radiationBrewster's angleBrewster windowBrightness temperatureBrillouin scattering

C

CameraCamera lensCamera lucidaCamera obscuraCandelaCardinal point (optics)Cassegrain reflectorCathodoluminescenceCaustic (optics)CausticsChatoyancyChemical laserChromatic aberrationChromaticityChromaticity diagramChrominanceCircle of confusionCircular dichroismCoherence lengthCoherence (physics)Coherence time - Collimated lightColorColorimetryColor scienceConfocalConfocal laser scanning microscopyConcave lensConcave mirrorConvex lensConvex mirrorCooke tripletCorner reflectorCrystal optics

D

Dark stateDensitometryDepolarizer (optics)Diaphragm (optics)DichroismDichroic filterDichroic prismDiffractionDiffraction gratingDiffractive opticsDispersion (optics)Double-Gauss lensDouble refractionDouble-slit experiment

E

EDFAEffect of sun angle on climateElectro-gyrationElectro-optic effectElectroluminescenceElectromagnetic radiationElectromagnetic spectrumElectromagnetic waveElveEmission spectrumEntrance pupilExit pupilEyeglass prescriptionEtalonEvanescent waveExcimer laserEyeEyepiece

F

f-numberfabrication and testing (optical components)Faraday effectfar pointfata MorganaFermat's principlefiber amplifierfiber opticsfilter (optics)Fizeau-Foucault apparatusFlat mirrorfluorescencefocal lengthfocal point (optics)focusFolded opticsFourier opticsFraunhofer diffractionFraunhofer linefree-space optical communicationAugustin-Jean FresnelFresnel equationsFresnel lensFresnel numberFresnel reflectionFresnel zone

G

gain-switchingGaussian beamgegenscheingeometrical opticsGlan-Foucault prismGlan-laser prismGlan-Taylor prismGlan-Thompson prismglory (optical phenomenon)gloss (material appearance)gradient index lensgradient index opticsguided-wave optics

H

Haidinger's brushhalo (optical phenomenon)Helium-neon laserhistory of lensmakingholographyhuman visual systemHuygens' principle

I

Illumination engineeringImage processingIncandescenceInformation theoryIntegrated opticsInterferenceInterferometryInverse-square lawIridescenceInternational Commission on Illumination

J

Jones calculus

K

Kerr cellKerr effectKerr-lens modelockingknife-edge effect

L

LaserLaser constructionLaser applicationsLaser pumpingLaser scienceLasing thresholdLeast distance of distinct visionLens (optics)LightLight bulbLight-emitting diodeLight meterLiquid-crystal displayLiquid scintillation countingList of fiber optic termsList of indices of refractionList of lens designsList of wave topicsLuminanceLuminiferous aetherLuminosityLuminous intensityLumenLustre (mineralogy)Lux

M

magnifying glassmaterial science - optical propertiesmetamerismMichelson-Morley experimentmicro-opticsmicrophotonicsmicroscopeMie scatteringmiragemirrormodelockingmodern opticsmonochromatormonocularmultilayer optics

N

Natural Color SystemNewton's ringsNicol prismNomarski prismnon-imaging opticsnonlinear opticsnormal lensnumerical aperture

O

off-axis optical systemoptical axisoptical axis gratingsoptical benchoptical coatingoptical communicationoptical computeroptical data storage (science of)optical depthoptical discoptical distanceoptical engineeringoptical fiberoptical fiber connectoroptical illusionoptical instrumentoptical isotropyoptical lens designoptical modeling and simulationoptical pathoptical path lengthoptical pattern recognitionoptical phenomenonoptical processoroptical resonatoroptical spectrumoptical tweezersoptical waveguideoptical windowopticsoptoelectronics

P

paraxial approximationpattern recognitionpentaprismpenumbraphase (waves)phosphorescencephotphotodiodephotoelectric effectphotographic lensphotography (science of)photometryphotomultiplierphotonphotonic crystalphotonicsphoton polarizationphotorefractive effectphotoresistorphysical opticspincushion distortionpinhole camerapiston (optics)pleochroismPockels effectpolarimeterpolarizationPolaroidpopulation inversionPorro prismprime lensprincipal focusprinciple of least timeprism (optics)prism compressorprogressive lenses

Q

Q-switchingquantum opticsquantum well laser

R

Radial polarisationRadiometryradius of curvatureRainbowRaman amplificationRaman amplifierRay (optics)Rayleigh criterionRayleigh scatteringRay tracingRay transfer matrix analysisReflecting telescopeReflection (optics)Refracting telescopeRefractionReflection coefficientRefractive indexRefractometerRetroreflectorRGB color modelRochon PrismRotating wave approximation

S

scatteringscintillatorscintillationSellmeier equationSénarmont prismshadowslit experimentWillebrord SnellSnell's lawspatial filterspeckle patternspeckle interferometryspectroscopyspeed of lightspontaneous emissionsprite (optical phenomenon)statistical opticsstereoscopystimulated emissionStokes parameterssun dogsunlightsylvanshinesynchrotron radiation

T

telescopethermal physics - radiative heat transferthin-film opticstilt (optics)total internal reflectiontransparency (optics)transverse modetriangular prismtriangular prism!—> — Tyndall effect

U

ultraviolet catastropheumbraUmov effect

W

waveguidewavelengthwavelength division multiplexingwave platewide-angle lensWollaston prism

Z

Zeeman effectZeiss Tessarzodiacal lightzone platezoom lens

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