active optics

noun plural in form but usually singular in construction

Definition of active optics

: an optical telescopic system that improves image resolution by compensating for distortions in the material or shape of a mirror Another technological trick called active optics will nullify changes in the telescope’s structure that result from the effects of gravity and temperature.— Thomas Levenson, Discover, February 2006 — compare adaptive optics

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First Known Use of active optics

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Active optics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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