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phase velocity

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Definition of phase velocity in English:

noun

Physics
The speed of propagation of a sine wave or a sinusoidal component of a complex wave, equal to the product of its wavelength and frequency.
Example sentences
  • The speed of each frequency component is called phase velocity, while the packet's speed is called group velocity.
  • Notice the light wave is still only propagating at c, the phase velocity of the wave, however, may travel less, or even greater than at the speed of light.
  • 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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