wave packet

noun

Definition of 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, "Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light," 20 Oct. 2020 Now picture the wave packet traveling, tsunami-like, toward a barrier. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light," 20 Oct. 2020 This bell curve, called a wave packet, is centered at position A. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of wave packet

1928, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2021

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“Wave packet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wave%20packet. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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