AskDefine | Define interferometer

Dictionary Definition

interferometer n : any measuring instrument that uses interference patterns to make accurate measurements of waves

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Extensive Definition

Interferometry is the technique of using the pattern of interference created by the superposition of two or more waves to diagnose the properties of the aforementioned waves. The instrument used to interfere the waves together is called an interferometer. Interferometry is an important investigative technique in the fields of astronomy, fiber optics, engineering metrology, optical metrology, oceanography, seismology, quantum mechanics and plasma physics.

Basic Principle

see also Interference


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