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Photonics is the study of light and other types of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The impact of photonics on research, technology, navigation, culture, astronomy, forensics, and health care have helped shape the 20th century, and now, in the 21st century, photonics continues to play a vital role the scientific community’s understanding of the world at large.
Light has the properties of both a wave and particle, with the intensity varying based on the number of particles or photons. Light behaves in a variety of ways when it comes into contact with water, air, or other matter, where it is absorbed, reflected, or scattered. Courtesy of iStock.com/d1sk.
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