Fresnel Interference Mirrors

Fresnel Interference Mirrors

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In 1816, using a pair of plane mirrors made of metal, and mounted together at a very obtuse angle, the French civil engineer Augustin Jean Fresnel (1788-1826) was able to observe the effects of optical interference. This instrument is based on that research. The form was is sometimes associated with Thomas Young, the English physician and natural philosopher who also championed the wave theory of light.
Ref: Adolph Ganot, Elementary Treatise on Physics (London, 1866), p. 491.
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Object Name
optical apparatus
overall: 11 1/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 28.2575 cm x 14.605 cm x 13.335 cm
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Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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