PHYS 422 Lecture 1 Historical

PHYS 422 Lecture 1 Historical - Phys 422 Waves &...

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Phys 422 Waves & Oscillations
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http://www.physics.purdue.edu/academic_programs/courses/phys422/ Course Web Page Syllabus, Reading & Exam Schedule
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Historical Introduction
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17 th century: optics takes off 1621: Law of Refraction, Willebrord Snell 1664: interference: color in thin films, Robert Hooke light is a rapid vibratory motion in media 1665: diffraction, Francesco Grimaldi 1677: wave theory, Christiaan Huygens 1704: particles, Isaac Newton Newton about Newton’s rings: "I forbore to treat of these Colors, because they seemed of a more difficult Consideration, and were not necessary for establishing the Properties of Light there discoursed of." Progress in optical instrumentation: refracting telescope, compound microscope
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Particles or waves? Christiaan Huygens 1629 – 1695 Isaac Newton 1643 – 1727
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…18 th century… Corpuscular theory prevails Wave theory is forgotten…
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1801: interference, Thomas Young famous double-slit experiment color in thin films diffraction of light
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PHYS 422 Lecture 1 Historical - Phys 422 Waves &...

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