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  • binary optics Optical elements, often created by micromachining, lithography or vacuum deposition, that rely on diffraction of the collected energy as opposed to the more common refracting or reflecting optics. See also diffractive optics.
  • diffractive optics Optical elements that use diffraction to control wavefronts. Diffractive optical elements include diffraction gratings, surface-relief diffractive lenses, holographic optical elements and computer-generated holograms. Fabrication methods include...
  • optical element An optical part constructed of a single piece of optical material. It is usually a single lens, prism or mirror.
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