Light as a Wave

Light as a Wave

Physics – Leaving Cert

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Light as a wave

Historically light was originally thought to be a stream of fast moving particles . In the middle of the 17th century Huygens, a Dutch scientist, proposed that light was a wave. However he was unable to show all the wave properties. In 1802 Thomas Young performed an experiment (Young’s slits experiment) that demonstrated the interference of light and so the belief became that light was a wave. This view was called into question at th...

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