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  • Huygens, Christiaan 1629-1695. Dutch physicist and astronomer who discovered Saturn's rings (1655), pioneered the use of pendulums in clocks (1657), and formulated Huygens' principle.

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  • n. Dutch physicist who first formulated the wave theory of light (1629-1695)

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  • The bottom image illustrates aperture diffraction in Huygens construction; because the wavefront is ‘clipped’ at the edges of the aperture, the wavelets on the edges spread out into the ’shadow’ region of the aperture:

    Optics basics: What is a wave? Part III: Diffraction « Skulls in the Stars

  • In addition, Cassini deployed a smaller probe, called Huygens – built by the European Space Agency – which landed on Titan in 2005.

    Scientists plan to sail robot boat on methane lake of Saturn's moon Titan

  • A miniprobe called Huygens, which Cassini had flung toward Titan weeks ago, pierced this thick covering and sent back images and other data to scientists at the European Space Agency's center in Darmstadt, Germany.

    Periscope

  • But that mission, dubbed Huygens, uses a much different parachute system and is expected to hit the ground by design, said Jones.

    NASA Searches Genesis Wreckage

  • O'BRIEN: Come January, Cassini will send a wok-shaped probe called Huygens toward a landing on Titan.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2004

  • Professor John Zarnecki, of the Open University, who landed a probe called Huygens on Titan in January 2005, said: 'We believe the chemistry is there for life to form.

    Home | Mail Online

  • The second scholarship program, known as Huygens Scholarship Program (HSP), is for talented foreign students who want to study in the Netherlands or do research.

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  • The spherical wave surface emanating from the objective is composed of a series of point sources, each emitting a spherical wave (termed a Huygens wavelet), which produce corresponding wave surfaces in the image plane having centers at point

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  • The application 'MoGo TITAN', developed by INRIA France and Maastricht University, runs on the Dutch national supercomputer Huygens, which is one of the PRACE prototypes.

    ACM TechNews

  • This is a joint press release of NWO-NCF / EW, SARA and PRACE At the Taiwan Open 2009 held in Taiwan from February 10-13, the Dutch national supercomputer Huygens, which is located at SARA Computing and Networking Services in Amsterdam, defeated two human Go professionals in an official match.

    ACM TechNews

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