scalar field

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Noun1.scalar field - a field of scalars
field - (mathematics) a set of elements such that addition and multiplication are commutative and associative and multiplication is distributive over addition and there are two elements 0 and 1; "the set of all rational numbers is a field"
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Gbur presents a textbook on optics where the intensity of the field is zero and the phase therefore indeterminate, for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in physics and optics who have a working knowledge of electromagnetic and scalar waves, Fourier transforms, and ideally of Fourier optics.
Gomez R, Winicour J (1992) Asymptotics of gravitational collapse of scalar waves.
In hindsight, the partial success of W & F's method was due to changing the vector e-m waves to scalar waves, during their calculation so that in effect they were calculating scalar quantum waves, even though they assumed the final sum of waves had vector properties.