Wave Vector

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wave vector

[′wāv ‚vek·tər]
A vector whose direction is the direction of phase propagation of a wave at each point in space, and whose magnitude is sometimes set at 2π/λ and sometimes at 1/λ, where λ is the wavelength.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Wave Vector


the vector k, whose direction coincides with the direction of propagation of a traveling wave; it is numerically equal to the wave number.

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