focal power(redirected from fundamental paraxial equation)
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focal power[′fō·kəl ‚pau̇·ər]
A measure of the ability of a lens, mirror, prism, or optical system to converge a parallel beam of light; equals the reciprocal of the focal length. Also known as power.
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