plane wave

noun

Definition of plane wave

: a wave whose wave fronts are plane surfaces corresponding to parallel rays light waves from the distant stars are virtually plane waves when they strike a telescope lens

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“Plane wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plane%20wave. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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