Index of optics articles

Optics is the branch of physics which involves the behavior and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it.[1] Optics usually describes the behavior 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.[1]


Contents: Top · 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Abbe number  • Abbe prism  • Abbe sine condition  • Aberration in optical systems  • Absorption  • Absorption spectrum  • Acousto-optics  • Acousto-optic deflector  • Acousto-optic filter  • Acousto-optic modulator  • Active laser medium  • Afterglow  • Airglow  • Airy disk  • Albedo  • Alexander's band  • Alpenglow  • Angle of incidence  • Angle of reflection  • Angular magnification • Anti-reflective coating  • Arago spot  • Asterism (astronomy)  • Asterism (gemmology)  • Aspheric lens  • Atmospheric diffraction  • Atom optics  • Atomic, molecular, and optical physics  • Aura (optics)  • Auroral light  • Avalanche photodiode  • Aventurescence  • Axicon

B

Barrel distortion  • Beam splitter  • Beer–Lambert law  • Binoculars  • Birefringence  • Black body radiation  • Brewster's angle  • Brewster window  • Brightness temperature  • Brillouin scattering

C

Camera  • Camera lens  • Camera lucida  • Camera obscura  • Candela  • Cardinal point (optics)  • Cassegrain reflector  • Cathodoluminescence  • Catoptrics  • Caustic (optics)  • Chatoyancy  • Chemical laser  • Chromatic aberration  • Chromaticity  • Chromaticity diagram  • Chrominance  • Circle of confusion  • Circular dichroism  • Coherence length  • Coherence (physics)  • Coherence time - Collimated light  • Color  • Colorimetry  • Color science  • Confocal  • Confocal laser scanning microscopy  • Concave lens  • Concave mirror  • Convex lens  • Convex mirror  • Cooke triplet  • Corner reflector  • Crystal optics

D

Dark state  • Densitometry  • Depolarizer (optics)  • Diaphragm (optics)  • Dichroism  • Dichroic filter  • Dichroic prism  • Dichromatic reflectance model  • Differential group delay  • Diffraction  • Diffraction grating  • Diffraction spike  • Diffractive optics  • Digital handheld refractometer  • Dispersion (optics)  • Double-Gauss lens  • Double refraction  • Double-slit experiment  • Dual polarisation interferometry

E

EDFA  • Effect of sun angle on climate  • Electro-gyration  • Electro-optic effect  • Electroluminescence  • Electromagnetic radiation  • Electromagnetic spectrum  • Electromagnetic wave  • Elve  • Emission spectrum  • Entrance pupil  • Exit pupil  • Eyeglass prescription  • Etalon  • Evanescent wave  • Excimer laser  • Eye  • Eyepiece

F

f-number  • fabrication and testing (optical components)  • Faraday effect  • far point  • fata Morgana  • Fermat's principle  • fiber amplifier  • fiber optics  • filter (optics)  • Fizeau-Foucault apparatus  • Flat mirror  • fluorescence  • focal length  • focal point (optics)  • focus  • Folded optics  • Fourier optics  • Fraunhofer diffraction  • Fraunhofer line  • free-space optical communication  • Augustin-Jean Fresnel  • Fresnel equations  • Fresnel lens  • Fresnel number  • Fresnel reflection  • Fresnel zone

G

gain-switching  • Gaussian beam  • gegenschein  • geometrical optics  • Glan–Foucault prism  • Glan–laser prism  • Glan–Taylor prism  • Glan–Thompson prism  • glory (optical phenomenon)  • gloss (material appearance)  • gradient index lens  • gradient index optics  • guided-wave optics

H

Haidinger's brush  • halo (optical phenomenon)  • Helium-neon laser  • history of lensmaking  • holography  • human visual system  • Huygens' principle

I

Illumination engineering  • Image processing  • Incandescence  • Index ellipsoid  • Information theory  • Integrated optics  • Interference  • Interferometry  • Inverse problem in optics  • Inverse-square law  • Iridescence  • International Commission on Illumination

J

Jones calculus

K

Kerr cell  • Kerr effect  • Kerr-lens modelocking  • knife-edge effect

L

Laser  • Laser construction  • Laser applications  • Laser pumping  • Laser science  • Lasing threshold  • Least distance of distinct vision  • Lens (optics)  • Lensmeter  • Light  • Light bulb  • Light-emitting diode  • Light meter  • Liquid-crystal display  • Liquid scintillation counting  • List of fiber optic terms  • List of indices of refraction  • List of lens designs  • List of wave topics  • Luminance  • Luminiferous aether  • Luminosity  • Luminous intensity  • Lumen  • Lustre (mineralogy)  • Lux

M

magnifying glass  • material science – optical properties  • metamerism  • Michelson–Morley experiment  • micro-optics  • microphotonics  • microscope  • Mie scattering  • mirage  • mirror  • modelocking  • modern optics  • monochromator  • monocular  • multilayer optics

N

Nanophotonics  • Natural Color System  • Newton's rings  • Nicol prism  • Nomarski prism  • Nonimaging optics  • nonlinear optics  • normal lens  • numerical aperture

O

off-axis optical system  • optical aberration  • optical amplifier  • optical axis  • optical axis gratings  • optical bench  • optical coating  • optical coherence tomography  • optical communication  • optical computer  • optical data storage (science of)  • optical depth  • optical disc  • optical distance  • optical engineering  • optical fiber  • optical fiber connector  • optical illusion  • optical instrument  • optical isotropy  • optical lens design  • optical modeling and simulation  • optical path  • optical path length  • optical pattern recognition  • optical phenomenon  • optical processor  • optical resonator  • optical sine theorem  • optical spectrum  • optical theorem  • optical tweezers  • optical waveguide  • optical window  • optics  • optoelectronics

P

paraxial approximation  • pattern recognition  • pentaprism  • penumbra  • periscope - phase (waves)  • phosphorescence  • phot  • photodiode  • photoelectric effect  • photographic lens  • photography (science of)  • photometry  • photomultiplier  • photon  • photonic crystal  • photonics  • photon polarization  • photorefractive effect  • photoresistor  • physical optics  • pincushion distortion  • pinhole camera  • piston (optics)  • plasmonics  • pleochroism  • Pockels effect  • polarimeter  • polarization (waves)  • Polaroid (polarizer)  • population inversion  • Porro prism  • prime lens  • principal focus  • principle of least time  • prism (optics)  • prism compressor  • progressive lenses

Q

Q-switching  • quantum optics  • quantum well laser

R

Radial polarisation  • Radiometry  • radius of curvature  • Rainbow  • Raman amplification  • Raman amplifier  • Ray (optics)  • Rayleigh criterion  • Rayleigh scattering  • Ray tracing  • Ray transfer matrix analysis  • Reflecting telescope  • Reflection (optics)  • Refracting telescope  • Refraction  • Reflection coefficient  • Refractive index  • Refractometer  • Retroreflector  • RGB color model  • Rochon prism  • Rotating wave approximation

S

scattering  • scintillator  • scintillation  • Sellmeier equation  • Sénarmont prism  • shadow  • slit experiment  • Willebrord Snell  • Snell's law  • spatial filter  • speckle pattern  • speckle interferometry  • spectroscopy  • speed of light  • spontaneous emission  • sprite (optical phenomenon)  • statistical optics  • stereoscopy  • stimulated emission  • Stokes parameters  • sun dog  • sunlight  • sylvanshine  • synchrotron radiation

T

telescope  • thermal physics - radiative heat transfer  • thin-film optics  • tilt (optics)  • total internal reflection  • transparency (optics)  • transverse mode  • triangular prism  • Tyndall effect

U

ultraviolet catastrophe  • umbra  • Umov effect

W

waveguide  • wavelength  • wavelength division multiplexing  • wave plate  • wide-angle lens  • Wollaston prism

Z

Zeeman effect  • Zeiss Tessar  • zodiacal light  • zone plate  • zoom lens

See also

References

  1. ^ a b McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (5th ed.). McGraw-Hill. 1993. 

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Optics Communications —   Abbreviated title (ISO) …   Wikipedia

  • Optics Letters —   Abbreviated title (ISO) Opt. Lett. Discipline Optics …   Wikipedia

  • Optics — For the book by Sir Isaac Newton, see Opticks. Optical redirects here. For the musical artist, see Optical (artist). Optics includes study of dispersion of light. Optics is the branch of …   Wikipedia

  • Negative index metamaterials — A negative index metamaterial causes light to refract, or bend, differently than in more common positive refractive index materials. Negative index metamaterials or negative index materials (NIM) are artificial structures where the refractive… …   Wikipedia

  • Transformation optics — Electromagnetism Electricity · …   Wikipedia

  • Ray (optics) — Ray of light redirects here. For other uses, see Ray of light (disambiguation). In optics, a ray is an idealized narrow beam of light. Rays are used to model the propagation of light through an optical system, by dividing the real light field up… …   Wikipedia

  • Color rendering index — Emitted light spectrum determines the color rendering index of the lamp. Color render …   Wikipedia

  • Materials Science Citation Index — The Materials Science Citation Index is a citation index, established in 1992, by Thomson ISI (Thomson Reuters). Its overall focus is cited reference searching of the notable and significant journal literature in materials science. The database… …   Wikipedia

  • List of mathematics articles (F) — NOTOC F F₄ F algebra F coalgebra F distribution F divergence Fσ set F space F test F theory F. and M. Riesz theorem F1 Score Faà di Bruno s formula Face (geometry) Face configuration Face diagonal Facet (mathematics) Facetting… …   Wikipedia

  • List of mathematics articles (S) — NOTOC S S duality S matrix S plane S transform S unit S.O.S. Mathematics SA subgroup Saccheri quadrilateral Sacks spiral Sacred geometry Saddle node bifurcation Saddle point Saddle surface Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematics Safe prime Safe… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.