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col·li·ma·tor

 (kŏl′ə-mā′tər)
n.
A device capable of collimating radiation, as a long narrow tube in which strongly absorbing or reflecting walls permit only radiation traveling parallel to the tube axis to traverse the entire length.

collimator

(ˈkɒlɪˌmeɪtə)
n
1. (General Physics) a small telescope attached to a larger optical instrument as an aid in fixing its line of sight
2. (General Physics) an optical system of lenses and slits producing a nondivergent beam of light, usually for use in spectroscopes
3. (General Physics) any device for limiting the size and angle of spread of a beam of radiation or particles

col•li•ma•tor

(ˈkɒl əˌmeɪ tər)

n.
1. a fixed telescope for use in collimating other instruments.
2. an optical system that transmits parallel rays of light.
3. a device for producing a particle beam in which all the particle paths are parallel.
[1815–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.collimator - a small telescope attached to a large telescope to use in setting the line of the larger onecollimator - a small telescope attached to a large telescope to use in setting the line of the larger one
telescope, scope - a magnifier of images of distant objects
2.collimator - optical device consisting of a tube containing a convex achromatic lens at one end and a slit at the other with the slit at the focus of the lens; light rays leave the slit as a parallel beam
optical device - a device for producing or controlling light
prism spectroscope, spectroscope - an optical instrument for spectrographic analysis
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Automatic collimators work in a manner similar to manual collimators.

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