in·​ter·​fer·​om·​e·​ter | \ ˌin-tər-fə-ˈrä-mə-tər How to pronounce interferometer (audio) , ˌin-tə-, -ˌfi-ˈrä-\

Definition of interferometer

: an apparatus that utilizes the interference of waves (as of light) for precise determinations (as of distance or wavelength)

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interferometric \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌfir-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce interferometric (audio) , ˌin-​tə-​ \ adjective
interferometrically \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌfir-​ə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce interferometrically (audio) , ˌin-​tə-​ \ adverb
interferometry \ ˌin-​tər-​fə-​ˈrä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce interferometry (audio) , ˌin-​tə-​ , -​ˌfi-​ˈrä-​ \ noun

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The qubits then pass through a single gate that consists of a maze of interferometers (the linear operation used to construct the gates). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Engineering tour de force births programmable optical quantum computer," 5 Sep. 2018 This is why everyone should have at least one interferometer. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018 So interferometers are spectacular displacement sensors. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018 The light wave that exits the interferometer in this case will be bright. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018 The difference between these systems and a time-of-flight lidar system is that the interferometers compare light that reflects from the object to light that travels a fixed distance. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018 Three meters of solid concrete form its foundation, and pneumatic isolators prevent any vibrations from affecting the precision laser interferometer. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Deep Space Eye in the Desert," 14 Feb. 2018 The range of values is entirely contained within the error bars of a previous measurement made using an atom interferometer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A physical constant’s value shouldn’t depend on how you measure it," 13 Apr. 2018 Carrying an interferometer and other instruments, ICON will complement the GOLD mission by providing fine-scale detail measurements of the larger phenomena observed by the satellite in geostationary orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA launches a mission to study Earth’s final frontier—the edge of space," 5 Jan. 2018

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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in·​ter·​fer·​om·​e·​ter | \ ˌint-ə(r)-fə-ˈräm-ət-ər, -ˌfir-ˈäm- How to pronounce interferometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of interferometer

: an instrument that utilizes the interference of waves (as of light) for precise determination especially of wavelength, spectral fine structure, indices of refraction, and very small linear displacements

Other Words from interferometer

interferometric \ -​ˌfir-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce interferometric (audio) \ adjective
interferometrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce interferometrically (audio) \ adverb
interferometry \ -​fə-​ˈräm-​ə-​trē, -​ˌfir-​ˈäm-​ How to pronounce interferometry (audio) \ noun, plural interferometries

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