Wave optics

1819 Wave optics

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Augustin-Jean Fresnel, François Arago optics

Wave optics

Fresnel lens

The principles

These laws about light waves were not obvious; Fresnel and Arago were brilliant experimenters and made clever prisms and filters to superimpose parallel and orthogonally polarized rays of light. Fresnel is also famous for a prism, the Fresnel rhomb, that converts linearly polarized light to circularly polarized light.

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