- noun the branch of electronics dealing with devices that generate, modulate, transmit and sense electromagnetic radiation in the visible-light, infrared and ultraviolet ranges
- The science that deals with the study of, and applications of electronic components, circuits, devices, and systems which generate, transmit, receive, detect, and modulate light, especially that in the visible, infrared, and ultraviolet regions. There are many applications, including those in communications, lasers, and displays. It is sometimes utilized as a synonym for electro-optics, but this usage is incorrect. Also spelled opto-electronics. Its abbreviation is optotronics, or OE.
- abbreviation optotronics
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