Definition of wave function in English:

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wave function


A function that satisfies a wave equation and describes the properties of a wave.
Example sentences
  • The bizarre quantum-mechanical ‘photon’ is described by a wave function that basically can give us probabilities that the photon will hit any point on your detector.
  • Shortly after the advancement of the Schrödinger equation German physicist Max Born postulated that the wave function could be used to determine the probability of finding a particle in a particular region at a specific time.
  • All objects have a wave function which represents the probability of locating that object at a particular point in space.

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Syllabification: wave func·tion

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