Prism, Optical


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Prism, Optical

 

a body made of materials transparent to optical radiation (light) in some frequency or wavelength band and bounded by plane surfaces. An optical prism is not necessarily a strictly geometrical prism. Optical prisms are subdivided into three broad classes, which are sharply distinguished according to function: spectroscopic or dispersing prisms, reflecting prisms, and polarizing prisms.

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