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These difficulties were taken care of theoretically by Fresnel and Kirchhoff, who showed that only the forward-moving wave exists. Fresnel (1818)[1] further analyzed Huygens’ principle, and Kirchhoff (1883)[2] showed that Huygens’ principle results directly from the wave equation, thereby putting it on a firm mathematical basis. We are justified to use merely the forward wavefronts when we apply Huygens’ construction.

  1. Fresnel, A. J., 1818, Memoire Couronne sur la Diffraction. Reprinted in Fresnel, OEuvres complètes d’Augustin Fresnel, I: Paris 1865.
  2. Kirchhoff, G. R., 1883, Vorlesungen über mathematischen Physik: Annalen der Physik, 18.