optic axis


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optic axis

n.
An optical path through a crystal along which a ray of light can pass without undergoing double refraction.

optic axis

n
(General Physics) the direction in a uniaxial crystal or one of the two directions in a biaxial crystal along which a ray of unpolarized light may pass without undergoing double refraction

op′tic ax′is


n.
the direction or directions in a crystal along which light is not doubly refracted.
[1655–65]
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Noun1.optic axis - in a doubly refracting crystal, the line in the direction of which no double refraction occurs; "a crystal may have either one or two optic axes"
axis - a straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions
2.optic axis - a line that passes through the center of curvature of a lens so that light is neither reflected nor refracted; "in a normal eye the optic axis is the direction in which objects are seen most distinctly"
axis - a straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions