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  • optics The study of light – optics is the area of physics that deals with the generation, propagation, and interaction of light waves in the electromagnetic spectrum with wavelengths (or frequencies) ranging from that of the ultraviolet to the deep...
  • nano (n) An SI prefix meaning one billionth (10-9). Nano can also be used to indicate the study of atoms, molecules and other structures and particles on the nanometer scale. Nano-optics (also referred to as nano-photonics), for example, is the study of how...
  • micro (µ) In the SI system, prefix meaning one-millionth, 10-6.
  • micro-optics Tiny (less than 2 mm in diameter) lenses, beamsplitters and other optical components used, for example, in endoscopes or microscopes or to focus light from semiconductor lasers and optical fibers.
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