Quartz interference pattern

Quartz interference pattern

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Caption: Light micrograph of the light interference figure pattern for the mineral quartz; characteristic interference figures are used by geologists & crystallographers to identify minerals. Interference figure taken from 2 quartz plates orientated in a position subtractive to each other and perpendicular to the axis of the microscope. The 2 quartz plates were of unlike retardation & give rise to an image that resembles that of the so-called flash figure.

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Keywords: geology, interference figure, interference pattern, light, mineral, mineralogy, optics, physics, quartz

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