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March 5, 2018

Huygens principle


According to the Huygens principle, a new wavefront is the envelope of the secondary wavefronts constructed on the current wavefront. Here is an animated illustration of this principle.

The wavefronts constructed using the Huygens principle form a complete rayfield describing wave propagation in complex media.


Figures can be used freely for non-profit educational purposes by acknowledging their source:
© Paul Sava, Center for Wave Phenomena, Colorado School of Mines
http://www.mines.edu/~psava