[ haf-weyv, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌweɪv, ˈhɑf- /
a crystal thin enough to cause a phase difference of 180° between the ordinary and extraordinary rays of polarized light, thereby changing the direction of the plane of polarization.
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Compare quarter-wave plate.
Origin of half-wave plate
First recorded in 1900–05
Words nearby half-wave plate
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