Fresnel Apparatus

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Augustin Fresnel (1788-1827) was a French physicist who, in 1821, announced that compressed glass causes double refraction of light passing through it, thus behaving in this regard as unstressed Iceland spar. This device demonstrates that phenomenon. The “J. Duboscq-Soleil / rue de l’Odeon 21 / à Paris” signature refers to Jules Duboscq, an instrument maker who apprenticed with J. B. F. Soleil, and used the “Duboscq-Soleil” signature for a brief period around 1850.
Ref: J. Duboscq, , Catalogue Systématique des Appareils D'Optique (Paris, 1870), p. 23.
Maison Jules Duboscq, Historique & Catalogue de tous les Instruments d’Optique Supérieure Appliqués aux Sciences et à l’Industrie (Paris, 1885), p. 73.
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date made
ca 1850
Duboscq, Jules
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
overall: 21 in x 26 1/2 in; 53.34 cm x 67.31 cm
overall; main apparatus: 13 1/2 in x 26 3/4 in x 5 in; 34.29 cm x 67.945 cm x 12.7 cm
overall; screw in piece: 1 in x 5 in x 9 5/8 in; 2.54 cm x 12.7 cm x 24.4475 cm
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University of Virginia
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History


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