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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1991
  • pp: 1370–1372

Huygens's wave propagation principle corrected

David A. B. Miller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 1370-1372 (1991)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.16.001370


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Abstract

Huygens's principle that each point on a wave front represents a source of spherical waves is conceptually useful but is incomplete; the backward parts of the wavelets have to be neglected ad hoc, otherwise backward waves are generated. The problem is solved mathematically by Kirchhoff's rigorous integration of the wave equation, but the intuitive appeal of Huygens's simple principle is lost. I show that, by using spatiotemporal dipoles instead of spherical point sources, one can recover a simple principle of scalar wave propagation that is correct whenever the concept of a wave front is meaningful.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: June 10, 1991
Published: September 15, 1991

Citation
David A. B. Miller, "Huygens's wave propagation principle corrected," Opt. Lett. 16, 1370-1372 (1991)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-16-18-1370

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