Huygens' principle

Huy·​gens' principle
variants: or less commonly Huyghens' principle \ ˈ⸗gənz(ə̇z)-​ \

Definition of Huygens' principle

: a principle in physics: every point of an advancing wave front is a new center of disturbance from which emanate independent wavelets whose envelope constitutes a new wave front at each successive stage of the process

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“Huygens' principle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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