Definition of Interferometer

1. Noun. Any measuring instrument that uses interference patterns to make accurate measurements of waves.

Definition of Interferometer

1. n. An instrument for measuring small movements, distances, or displacements by means of the interference of two beams of light; -- called also refractometer.

Definition of Interferometer

1. Noun. (physics) any of several instruments that use the interference of waves to determine wavelengths and wave velocities, determine refractive indices measure small distances, temperature changes, stresses, and many other useful measurements ¹

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Definition of Interferometer

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Medical Definition of Interferometer

1. Device which measures changes in a medium by looking at effects on the interference of two waves which are passed through that medium. See: interferometry, laser interferometer, optical inteferometer, Fabry-Perot interferometer, microwave interferometer. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Interferometer

interference microscope
interference microscopy
interference reflection microscopy
interferential stimulation
interferometer (current term)
interferon-alpha 2a
interferon-alpha 2b
interferon inducers
interferon type I

Literary usage of Interferometer

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1. Laboratory Physics: A Students Manual for Colleges and Scientific Schools by Dayton Clarence Miller (1903)
"SMALL LENGTHS WITH THE interferometer (a) Determine the distance between the two planes of an optical standard of length. (b) Determine the length of a ..."

2. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1902)
"On a method of increasing the sensitiveness of Michelsons interferometer. By HC POCKLINGTON, MA, St John's College. [Received February 1902.] 1. ..."

3. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1921)
"MEASUREMENT OF STAR DIAMETERS BY THE interferometer METHOD. ... Aside from this question of size, the interferometer was considered an instrument of the ..."

4. The Interferometry of Reversed and Non-reversed Spectra by Carl Barus (1916)
"ADIABATIC EXPANSION OBSERVED WITH THE interferometer. 86. Introductory. ... Moreover, the interferometer did not at that time admit of the introduction of ..."

5. Physical Optics by Robert Williams Wood (1911)
"We will begin with the Michelson interferometer, which is, perhaps, the best- known type. r Michelson's interferometer. — The essential parts of this ..."

6. The Production of Elliptic Interferences in Relation to Interferometry by Carl Barus, Maxwell Barus (1914)
"Michelson's interferometer was employed. It appeared that for difference of potential of i volt the excursion, MT, would correspond to a distance apart of ..."

7. Physical Measurements by Alexander Wilmer Duff, Arthur Woolsey Ewell (1910)
"The interferometer is an instrument for determining the number of ... For a description of the interferometer and the adjustments, see the references. ..."

8. Scientific Papers by John William Strutt Rayleigh (1903)
"Michelson himself; but as one of the few who have used the interferometer in observations involving high interference, I should like to make a remark or two ..."

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