Optics is a branch of physics that studies electromagnetic radiation (for example, light and infrared radiation), its interactions with matter, and instruments used to gather information due to these interactions. Optics includes the study of sight. Optical Components are used to alter the state of light through a variety of means including focusing, filtering, reflecting, or polarizing. Optical Components are integrated into a limitless number of applications, such as microscopy, imaging, or interferometry, for industries ranging from the life sciences to testing and measurement. Optical Components are often designed using specific substrates or anti-reflection coatings to optimize performance in designated ultraviolet, visible, or infrared wavelengths or wavelength ranges.
- Computational optical sensing and imaging
- Optics in astronomy and astrophysics
- Spectroscopy, imaging and metrology
- Optical communications and networking
- Photorefractive effects, materials and devices
- Optical materials and devices
- Applied industrial optics