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Energy flow lines and the spot of Poisson-Arago

Abstract : We show how energy flow lines answer the question about diffraction phenomena presented in 1818 by the French Academy: "deduce by mathematical induction, the movements of the rays during their crossing near the bodies". This provides a complementary answer to Fresnel's wave theory of light. A numerical simulation of these energy flow lines proves that they can reach the bright spot of Poisson-Arago in the shadow center of a circular opaque disc. For a monochromatic wave in vacuum, these energy flow lines correspond to the diffracted rays of Newton's Opticks.
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  • HAL Id : hal-00416055, version 2
  • ARXIV : 0909.2302


Michel Gondran, Alexandre Gondran. Energy flow lines and the spot of Poisson-Arago. 2009. ⟨hal-00416055v2⟩



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