wave theory of light


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Noun1.wave theory of light - (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as waveswave theory of light - (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as waves
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
corpuscular theory, corpuscular theory of light - (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as a stream of particles
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Young's work was furthered by by Augustine Jean Fresnel, leading to the construction of a mathematical basis of a wave theory of light.
formulated the wave theory of light in the |17th-century?
This is also consistent with the electromagnetic wave theory of light, from which the energy emitted per unit time of emission is only one redshift factor greater than the energy observed per unit time of observation.
However, by the end of the nineteenth century Conrad was aware not only that the material nature of light had been long since outmoded in favor of a wave theory of light, but that this negation of materiality was in some way a problem.
With a first degree in Physical Engineering, he went back to first principles, Huygens' wave theory of light, and explored ways to capture the total characteristics of this wave.
He discovered that light rays bend round corners (diffraction) and put forward the wave theory of light to account for it.
Huygens' wave theory of light eventually triumphed over Newton's particle theory.
Thus, the wave theory of light was postulated, which could account for all of its known properties.