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The Fresnel Lens

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Until the 1820s, flames reflecting off a mirrored surface fired lighthouse beacons around the world. Around 1815, French civil engineer Augustin Fresnel designed a system to use prisms to refract light and focus a powerful beam. The United States resisted using the new system for years, until it proved to be cost- effective. The first of four Fresnel lenses was installed at Cape Hatteras in 1854. Fresnel lenses were used at Hatteras until 1935, when the lighthouse closed.
Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 66 Issue 12, May 1999, p42-43, il