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optics

For the concept of the same name in computer science see at optic (in computer science).


Context

Physics

physics, mathematical physics, philosophy of physics

Surveys, textbooks and lecture notes


theory (physics), model (physics)

experiment, measurement, computable physics

Contents

Idea

Optics is the study of propagation of light, i.e. of electromagnetic waves, especially in dependence of the ambient medium, of light reflection etc.

In the limiting case of essentially plane waves (light rays) one speaks of geometrical optics.

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