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interference pattern

noun, Physics.
a series of alternating dark and bright bands produced as a result of light interference.
Compare diffraction.
Origin of interference pattern
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for interference pattern
  • When the beams merge, they form an interference pattern.
  • Light striking this pattern is scattered as though it were actually striking the object encoded by the interference pattern.
  • The two waves interfere with each other as they traverse the same space, producing the wave interference pattern.
  • The beams then form an interference pattern that changes when viruses bind to the antibodies placed on one of the light channels.
  • Any change in the length of the arms ought to show up in any changes in the resultant interference pattern.
  • The interference pattern shifts, and that change can be detected.
  • For some reason, this tells me that this is actually an interference pattern.
interference pattern in Science
interference pattern  
An overall pattern that results when two or more waves interfere with each other, generally showing regions of constructive and of destructive interference. Optical interference patterns are analyzed in devices such as interferometers; the acoustic effect of beats is an example of an interference pattern.
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