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wave packet

Syllabification: wave pack·et

Definition of wave packet in English:

noun

Physics
A group of superposed waves that together form a traveling localized disturbance, especially one described by Schrödinger’s equation and regarded as representing a particle.
Example sentences
  • Experiments in the 1980s, however, showed that it was possible for the peak of a wave packet to arrive sooner than it would had it travelled at c.
  • And when they repeated the experiment without interactions between the atoms, they saw obvious evidence for spreading of the wave packet.
  • For example, the phase velocity of a wave packet is a pseudo process but the group velocity is a causal process; yet both licence reliable predictions.

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