[fruh-nel; French frey-nel]
Augustin Jean,1788–1827, French physicist.
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a unit of frequency equivalent to 10 12 hertz
Word Origin for fresnel
C20: named after Augustin Jean Fresnel (1788–1827), French physicist
Augustin Jean (oɡystɛ̃ ʒɑ̃). 1788–1827, French physicist: worked on the interference of light, contributing to the wave theory of light
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[frā-nĕl′]Augustin Jean 1788-1827
French physicist whose investigations of the interference, diffraction, and polarization of light helped establish the theory that light moves in a wavelike motion. Fresnel also made great contributions to the field of optics, including the development of a compound lens for use in lighthouses.
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