interference pattern

noun Physics.
a series of alternating dark and bright bands produced as a result of light interference.
Compare diffraction.


Origin:
1930–35

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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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Example sentences
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.
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