wave front

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wave′ front`

a surface of a propagating wave, made up of all points at which the phase of oscillation is the same.
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Noun1.wave front - all the points just reached by a wave as it propagateswave front - all the points just reached by a wave as it propagates
propagation - the movement of a wave through a medium
wave - a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures); "a heat wave"
2.wave front - (physics) an imaginary surface joining all points in space that are reached at the same instant by a wave propagating through a medium
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
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Igor Minin, professor at TPU Electronic Engineering department, said that in the process of work on photonics, the scientists managed to discover a mechanism of wave front formation inside a dielectric particle.
Also the secondary voltage is not induced by the changing magnetic field of the primary, but by the wave front of the magnetic pulses travelling upwards.
Based on technology, the personalized LASIK surgery market is segmented as wave front LASIK, topography-guided LASIK, bladeless LASIK, presby LASIK, and others.
The essence of this process is the electric and magnetic fields are static behind the wave front, and yet energy is moving forward at the speed of light.
These precision windows feature high transmission and minimal wave front distortion, while providing an environmental barrier to moisture and debris.
However, refraction also helps in describing on how rough the seafloor is, by looking at the phenomenon of the wave front [14,15] (Figure 3).
gives an immersion, f is called a wave front (or a front, for short).
Figures 9(a) and 9(b) show the pressure wave front at t = 1.2 [mu]s and 3.2 [mu]s for [[tau].sub.h] = 2[tau].
Since the propagation speed of the wave back in R equals that of the wave front in [R.sub.1], it follows that R coincides with R1 when [zeta] tends to zero.
At that time frame, the wave front starts being reflected on the meandering wall, as it is clear from the differences between the two models.
For higher frequencies the wavelength becomes shorter and the wave front more circular.