fresnel, augustin jean

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Fresnel   (frā-něl')  Pronunciation Key 
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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