transverse wave

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transverse wave

(General Physics) a wave, such as an electromagnetic wave, that is propagated in a direction perpendicular to the direction of displacement of the transmitting field or medium. Compare longitudinal wave

trans′verse wave′

a wave in which the direction of displacement is perpendicular to the direction of propagation.

trans·verse wave

(trăns-vûrs′, trăns′vûrs′)
A wave in which the particles of the wave's medium move at right angles to the direction of wave movement. For instance, in an ocean wave, the molecules of water move up and down as the wave passes on its way toward shore. See more at wave. Compare longitudinal wave.
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v] displacement wave equations can be expressed as a longitudinal wave equation for the dilatation [epsilon] and a transverse wave equation for the rotation tensor [[omega].
On the other hand, when the propagating elastic wave is an ultrasonic transverse wave, the deformation in the elastic medium can be defined as u = 0, v = v(x, t), and w = 0.
Light, that also has properties of a transverse wave, although it is an electromagnetic wave, has likewise benefited from the help of Slinky[R] for its understanding.
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The introduction of shear stresses at the bone split region, back, and free end due to curvature caused conversion of the stress wave from the longitudinal to the transverse wave.
Effects of stiffness and thermal relaxation times on the amplitude ratios for incidence of various plane waves, for example, longitudinal wave (P-wave), thermal wave (T-wave), and transverse wave (SV-wave), are depicted numerically and shown graphically with angle of incidence.
The scalar transverse function denoted by T(r, [phi]) in (1) for TM-waves in a coaxial wave guide is a solution of the transverse wave equation
k] is an effective transverse wave number that characterizes the periodicity of the structure; [[epsilon].
This behaves as a special high transverse wave vector filter which removes all the information carried by evanescent waves with [absolute value of [k.
For the combined compression-and-shear plate-impact experiments the total deformation applied to the specimen consists of two parts: (a) a state of compression at the arrival of the compressive longitudinal wave; and (b) a state of simple shearing after the arrival of the transverse wave at the specimen plane.
The surface transverse wave (STW) VCO is designed for fixed phase-locked loop (PLL) applications and offers system benefits in the areas of low noise floor, high fundamental frequencies and resistance to microphonics.