Aperiodic random line moiré

Emin Gabrielyan



A simple aperiodic random line moiré can be obtained by superposing two identical layers comprising randomly spaced horizontal parallel lines, where one of the layer patterns is slightly scaled down vertically.


The layer which is scaled down will be denoted in our example as the revealing layer and the layer which is not scaled as the base layer.


Superposition of such two layers outlines a light horizontal moiré line. In contrast to periodic patterns, there will be only single appearance of the moiré line. By moving the revealing layer up vertically, the moiré line will move up at a higher velocity.


Let  be the scaling factor,  be the speed of the moiré line, and  be the speed of the revealing layer. The optical speedup factor is equal to:

We assume that the base layer is immobile, i.e. .


If all parallel lines of the base layer are inclined by  degrees, and as before the revealing layer pattern is the scaled down copy of the base layer pattern, where the scaling is vertical and the scaling factor is denoted as , then the following equation will hold:


Superposition of two such patterns will form a moiré line, where , since:

Therefore the moiré light line will appear again horizontally. The optical speedup factor will not change.


The animation below shows an example of random line moiré. The base layer lines are inclined by 20 degrees. The scaling factor k is equal to 11/12. The revealing layer is moving up vertically at a slow speed. The white moiré line of the superposition image moves up 12 times faster (according to the equation for the optical speedup).

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[Amidror03a]      Isaac Amidror, Glass patterns in the superposition of random line gratings, Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, 28 March 2003, pp. 205-215 [CH], [US]




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