surface wave

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surface wave

[′sər·fəs ‚wāv]
(communications)
(electromagnetism)
A wave that can travel along an interface between two different mediums without radiation; the interface must be essentially straight in the direction of propagation; the commonest interface used is that between air and the surface of a circular wire.
(fluid mechanics)
A wave that distorts the free surface that separates two fluid phases, usually a liquid and a gas.
(mechanics)
(oceanography)
A progressive gravity wave in which the disturbance is of greatest amplitude at the air-water interface.

surface wave

The part of a radio transmission that follows the earth's surface. The same as a ground wave. See space wave.
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The number of n orbital wave functions--the sum of bonding n and anti-bonding [[pi].
3) The overlap of [pi] orbital wave functions at short range dominates, and coulombic interactions at long range are neglected.
Satoshi Okamoto, a researcher in ORNLs Materials Science and Technology Division, was elected by the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics for contributions to the theory of interacting electrons in solids, including foundational work on orbital waves and on correlated-electron superlattices.