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extraordinary wave[ik′strȯr·dən‚er·ē ′wāv]
Magneto-ionic wave component which, when viewed below the ionosphere in the direction of propagation, has clockwise or counterclockwise elliptical polarization respectively, accordingly as the earth's magnetic field has a positive or negative component in the same direction. Also known as X wave.
Component of electromagnetic radiation propagating in an anisotropic uniaxial crystal whose electric displacement vector lies in the plane containing the optical axis and the direction normal to the wavefront; it gives rise to the extraordinary ray. Also known as extraordinary compoment.