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resolving power

n
1. (General Physics) physics
a. the ability of a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument to produce separate images of closely placed objects
b. the ability of a spectrometer to separate two adjacent peaks in a spectrum
2. (Photography) photog the ability of an emulsion to show up fine detail in an image
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resolv′ing pow`er


n.
the ability of an optical device to produce separate images of close objects.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.resolving power - the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
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The Demon-NIR extends the well-established Demon Echelle Monochromator series, providing wavelength ranges from 190 to 1,100nm and resolving powers of 75,000 to 200,000.
Toker (physics, Israeli Institute of Technology) presents an experimental approach to holographic interferometry that uses standard photographic films and charge coupled device and complementary metal oxide semiconductor sensors with low resolving powers to record optical and digital holograms.
With the colossal resolving powers of orbiting spacecraft, we are, for example, detecting planets of other suns.