OPTI 505: Interference and Diffraction - University of Arizona

Optical interference is just the interaction of two or more light waves.

OPTI 505: Interference and Diffraction

Birefringence is an optical property possessed by a material which has more than one index of refraction. This anisotropy in the index of refraction is dependant on the crystallographic projection and can be calculated as follows:

Structural colors are created by an optical effect (such as interference, refraction, or diffraction) rather than by a pigment.

Interference (wave propagation) - Wikipedia

Birefringence can also be estimated from a color interference chart for colors observed under crossed polarizers on a petrographic microscope. The interference color chart is from Bloss, 1962, fig. 8-17. Click on the image for a larger picture.

Interference and interferometry, concepts of coherence, holography, diffraction theory, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, volume diffraction, Gaussian beam propagation, optical transfer function, speckle.