caustiques (this specific context)

English translation: caustics

French term or phrase:caustiques (this specific context)
English translation:caustics
Entered by: DLyons

19:14 Feb 23, 2015
French to English translations [PRO]
Science - Science (general) / high school science experiments
French term or phrase: caustiques (this specific context)
"ils allaient exploiter des phénomènes lumineux, les condensations animées de crayons réfléchis sur du clinquant (ce que l’on nomme des “caustiques” en classe de seconde), l’agitation des poussières sur un trembleur électrique ou encore les tracés de la limaille aimantée."

This is a description of visual effects in the early days of French Television, visual experimentation similar to the sound experimentation of musique concrète. This seems to be connected to high school science experiments, and I think that is the most promising direction. I must have missed that day, because it doesn't add up to me. I have no indication that this was ever actually used on television.

This concerns the Groupe de Recherche Image (GRI) of the RTF circa 1960.
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Roy vd Heijden

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agree  merlrennes
0 min
  -> Thanks merlrennes.

agree  philgoddard: You'd think the asker would have Googled this.
3 mins
  -> Thanks Phil.

agree  B D Finch
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  -> Thanks Barbara.

agree  chris collister: No caustic comments, please....
2 hrs
  -> Thanks Chris. I was on the cusp of one.
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Reference: caustiques

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"In optics, a caustic or caustic network is the envelope of light rays reflected or refracted by a curved surface or object, or the projection of that envelope of rays on another surface."

Roy vd Heijden
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