wave packet


: a pulse of radiant energy that is the resultant of a number of wave trains of differing wavelengths

Examples of wave packet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The equations of quantum mechanics describe how the wave packet splits in two upon hitting the obstacle. Quanta Magazine, 20 Oct. 2020 Now picture the wave packet traveling, tsunami-like, toward a barrier. Quanta Magazine, 20 Oct. 2020 This bell curve, called a wave packet, is centered at position A. Quanta Magazine, 20 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wave packet was in 1928

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“Wave packet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wave%20packet. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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