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Interference

In the law of Patents, the presence of two pending applications, or an existing patent and a pending application that encompass an identical invention or discovery.

When interference exists, the Patent and Trademark Office conducts an investigation to ascertain the priority of invention between the conflicting applications, or the application and the patent. A patent is customarily granted to the earlier invention.

interference

noun antagonism, antipathy, bar, barrier, censure, check, collision, conflict, contravention, damper, disapproval, disturbance, encumbrance, fetter, frustration, hindrance, impediment, imposition, interception, intercession, intermediacy, interruption, intervention, intrusion, invasion, meddling, nuisance, obstruction, onus, opposition, resistance, restraint, setback, stricture, stumbling block
Associated concepts: contempt, frustration of contract, interrerence with contractual relations
See also: bar, barrier, burden, check, collision, conflict, damper, deterrence, deterrent, disadvantage, dispute, embargo, encroachment, encumbrance, fetter, filibuster, frustration, handicap, hiatus, hindrance, impediment, imposition, infringement, intercession, interruption, intervention, intrusion, invasion, mediation, molestation, nuisance, obstruction, onus, opposition, prohibition, resistance, restraint, veto
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36) This phenomenon can be explained in terms of chemically amplified biophoton emission which is called bioluminescence), establishing destructive interference as soon as the animals "see each other" and displaying synchronous pulses as a consequence of the disruption of the destructive interference patterns.
When both the 1/2[Lambda] phase shift is generated and the amplitudes are equalized, optimal destructive interference between the two reflected components is obtained.
The color change is a function of the alteration in the destructive interference pattern from antireflective to blue (producing a gold appearance) to a higher percentage of blue reflection as the thickness increases.
According to quantum mechanics, this effect results from constructive and destructive interference between the two different ways of exciting hydrogen chloride molecules.
The contrast of the image is thus enhanced through destructive interference at each phase edge, which leads to enhanced gradient of exposure intensity.
After reflection, the beams recombine inside the interferometer, undergoing constructive and destructive interference and producing the fringe pattern.
For perfectly periodic waves, destructive interference occurs whenever one wave lags behind the other by half a wavelength or one-and-a-half wavelengths or two-and-a-half wavelengths and so on.
That's because of a special multiple-wavelength technology that compensates for situations when reflected light in tensity falls to zero, due to destructive interference.
On-chip heaters in the VOA adjust power in the optical path by a process of constructive or destructive interference.
The frequency chirp results in constructive interference between the two pulses at their peak and destructive interference on both sides of the peak.