phase speed

phase velocity

noun

physics the speed at which the phase of a wave is propagated, the product of the frequency times the wavelength. This is the quantity that is determined by methods using interference. In a dispersive medium it differs from the group speedAlso called: wave speed, wave velocity

Nearby words

  1. phase modulation,
  2. phase out,
  3. phase rule,
  4. phase shift keying,
  5. phase space,
  6. phase transition,
  7. phase velocity,
  8. phase-contrast microscope,
  9. phase-in,
  10. phase-switching

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