Definition of Biprism

1. Noun. An optical device for obtaining interference fringes.

Generic synonyms: Optical Device
Terms within: Optical Prism, Prism

Definition of Biprism

1. n. A prism whose refracting angle is very nearly 180 degrees.

Definition of Biprism

1. Noun. (mathematics) A fusion of two triangular prisms ¹

2. Noun. (physics) An optical device of this construction used to generate interference fringes ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of Biprism

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1. A Text-book of Practical Physics by William Watson (1913)
"Fresnel's biprism is a method of obtaining interference fringes between waves of ... The theory of the biprism follows at once from a consideration of Fig. ..."

2. A Treatise on Light by Robert Alexander Houstoun (1915)
"The effect of the biprism is thus to produce two virtual images of the slit which produce interference bands in the space to the right of CG, for example on ..."

3. A Text Book of the Principles of Physics by Alfred Daniell (1895)
"... in space is hyperbolic; the foci of these hyperbolas being the two apparent sources. The bands vanish when one-half of the biprism or mirror is covered. ..."

4. College Physics by John Oren Reed, Karl Eugen Guther (1911)
"Fresnel's biprism. In order to demonstrate the interference of light as clearly as possible, and also to obviate any possible objections as to the reality ..."

5. A Manual of Physics: Being an Introduction to the Study of Physical Science by William Peddie (1896)
"In the biprism method the distance between the points A and A depends upon the wave-length, and is greater the shorter the wavelength is. ..."

6. College Laboratory Manual of Physics by Edwin Herbert Hall (1913)
"EXERCISE 34 INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT-WAVES MEASUREMENT OF WAVE-LENGTH WITH A biprism Theory.—A and B in Fig. ..."

7. College Physics for Students in Higher Academies and Colleges by John Oren Reed (1907)
"Fresnel's biprism. As a modification of the experiment with the two mirrors, Fresnel devised the following experiment for producing interference fringes by ..."