The locus of all the particles of the medium vibrating in the same phase at a given instant is called wave-front.
(a) In case of light diverging from a point source, the shape of wave-front is a circle
Figure of wave-front formed by a point source
(b) In case of light emerging out of a convex lens when a point source is placed at its focus, the wave-front is a parallel grid.
Fig: Light rays passing through a convex lens
Figure of wave-front formed by a convex lens when point source is at its focus
(c) When light source is a distance star intercepted by earth, the wave-front formed is a plane
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