interference colours

interference colours

colours produced by light rays travelling at different velocities reflected from different surface layers. Most colours in nature are produced in this way rather than by pigments.
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These types of images often display high-order interference colours that can be controlled by the position of the prism in the optical path (Pluta, 1989).
It is basically a step beyond the idea of "interference colours" through the use of iridescent paints, which emerged on cars in the mid-1990s.
By documenting birefringence and interference colours, refractive indices, and morphological details, fibres of wool, cotton, domesticated silk and polyester were identified.