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An apochromat, often referred to as an apochromatic lens or apochromatic objective, is a type of optical system designed to minimize chromatic aberration. Chromatic aberration occurs when different colors of light are focused at different distances, resulting in colored fringes around the edges of objects in an image.

In an apochromat, the lens elements are specifically designed and combined to bring three primary colors (red, green, and blue) to a common focus point. This correction of chromatic aberration ensures that the image produced is sharp and free from color fringing, making apochromatic lenses particularly valuable in fields where color accuracy and high image quality are crucial, such as microscopy, photography, and astronomy.

Apochromatic lenses are known for their superior optical performance compared to simpler lens designs. They are often more complex and can be more expensive, but their ability to reduce chromatic aberration makes them highly desirable for applications where image fidelity is a priority.

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