Dispersion refers to the frequency dependence of the properties of a wave.

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What makes a wave dispersive?

Water waves are dispersive ( longer wavelengths travel faster ) but sound waves in air are not, otherwise we would listen first the high frequencies and the low frequencies after. What decides if a ...
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Why do water waves with longer wavelengths travel faster?

When wind blows over the sea, it excites a range of wavelengths. Why do longer wavelengths travel faster?
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Where can i find the complex index of refraction in the radio spectrum for aluminium?

I am looking for the (complex) index of refraction or the dispersion relation of aluminium for frequencies/wavelengths roughly between 30Mhz/10m and 30GHz/1cm. I have found a few sources that give ...
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Amplitude-Modulated Wave in a Dispersive Medium

Amplitude-Modulated Wave in a Dispersive Medium. An amplitude-modulated wave with complex wavefunction $a(t)=[1+m\cos(2\pi f_st)\exp(j2\pi\nu_0t)$ at $z=0$, where $f_s\ll\nu_0$, travels a distance ...
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Density of states for graphene

I have seen a lot of plots for the density of states for graphene: but have been unable to find the calculation explicetely. I know the dispersion relation for graphene is $E_{\pm} (\textbf{k}) ...
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Why rainbows form around flashes?

I read that to see a rainbow, your back must be towards the sun, and you have to look at roughly 42 Degrees from the imaginary line to spot the red band. But many times, me and many of my friends see ...
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Derivation problem of second dispersion constant

According to "Nonlinear fiber optics" from Agrawal the mode propagation constant $\beta = n\cdot\frac{\omega}{c}$ can be taylored into $$\beta = ...
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Intuition behind Airy waves dispersion relation

Using Airy wave theory, one can derive the dispersion relation of water waves (under some physical assumptions): $$ \omega^2 = gk\tanh{kh} $$ where $k$ is the wave number, $h$ the distance from the ...
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What's the microscopic and macroscopic effect of wavefunction dispersion?

In Quantum Mechanics (Merzbacher 2nd ed.), problem 2.1 asks us to derive the time evolution of a one-dimensional Gaussian wavefunction (formula given for $t=0$), assuming the velocity is in the $+x$ ...
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What happens to the group and phase velocity of light as it travels through a medium?

We have all been told that when light travels from, say, a vacuum through water it slows down. What I want to know is what happens to its phase velocity and group velocity. Refractive index is $n = ...
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Dispersion of light through a prism but not through glass or lense

Why does dispersion happen in prisms but not in glasses nor lenses? I need a detailed answer please!
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Derivation of group velocity using Fourier transform

The aim is to determine the group velocity of a wave packet with the general form $$\Psi\left(x,t\right)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi\left(x\right)e^{i\left(kx-\omega ...
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How to calculate dispersion relation from a Finite Difference (FD) wave simulation

I have a python code that calculates the solution of the inhomogeneous acoustic wave equation for a 2D medium with any velocity and source configuration. It was implemented using Finite Differences ...
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Third-order dispersion in glass, direction influence

I have learned that the third-order dispersion $\chi$ is a tensor with 81 elements. Nevertheless in glass one only has four elements, which either can be $x$ or $y$ (in this case). Now there exist ...
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Dispersion relation from Hamiltonian

Note: This is obviously for homework so I'm not asking for the answer to be spoon fed, I'm just not understanding the steps I have to take. I have a fairly simple Hamiltonian for a ring tight binding ...
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entropy and dispersion

If I know the positions and the speeds of each particle in a box over the time, how can I compute the entropy ? (I`m making a simulation where I want to show that the disperion of the particles over ...
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What is the definition of dispersion? Does it exist in a musical show? [closed]

What is the definition of dispersion? And does it exist in a concert or musical show? Why? According to Feynman lectures book ch 31, dispersion is the difference of index which affect frequency, but I ...
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Dispersion of light through a prism [closed]

I recently wrote SAT physics test and came across this question. A beam of white light travels in air and passes through a prism. A dispersion pattern is observed. Now if the set up is taken under ...
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What experimental evidence shows that sound velocity is the same for all wavelengths?

I'm studying sound waves with Halliday's book, and after reading the whole chapter, one of the questions suggested was: What is the experimental evidence that allows the assumption that the sound ...
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How do chirped mirrors compensate dispersion?

How do chirped mirrors compensate dispersion? I understand that if you have longer wavelengths penetrating deeper into a chirped Bragg stack, then there will be some anomalous dispersion because the ...
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Density of States in NOT Free Electron Gas

I think that I understand how the density of states works for a free electron gas. It is effectively just a conversion factor between summing over values of k and integrating over values of E. If you ...
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determination of electron dispersion curves

I am somewhat new to quantum physics and I am studying electron dispersion band structures of SiC like the one here I want to know what spectroscopic techniques/methods or if they are spectroscopic ...
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Dispersion for a highly energetic electron

The dispersion relation can be expressed as: $$w=\frac{\hbar k^2}{2m}$$ The energy of a free particle is: $$E=\sqrt{p^2c^2+m^2c^4}$$ For a highly energetic electron we have $E\approx pc.$ The ...
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Is $E=\hbar \omega$ correct for massive particles?

From Planck's relation we can say that the energy of a photon is $$E=h\nu=\hbar \omega \, .$$ where $\hbar \equiv h / 2\pi$. On the other hand, the energy of a free particle can be expressed as ...
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Silicon parabolic dispersion for X minima

I am constructing a minimal model of the silicon conduction band minima for a monte-carlo program. Assuming the six equivalent bands are parabolic and spherical, since the conduction band minima lie ...
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Why is rainbow always circular?

From the article that I read on physics classroom website on rainbow, rainbow is formed with red on the top and violet on the bottom because violet refracts more, and has a smaller angle of deviation ...
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Refraction of white light through a glass slab: what does it actually look like?

When a collimated beam of white light enters a rectangular prism, it develops slightly coloured edges due to the dispersive refraction of the glass: each ray in the beam is displaced differently ...
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Numerical Solution of the Propagation-Dispersion equation

I have asked this question on Computational Science and also on Mathoverflow, but no satisfactory answers so far. I thought maybe the physics community could shed some insight on the issue. I am ...
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About light nature [closed]

I have some particular questions about the nature of light...cause all I know from all sources is that it is a wave and a particle and stuffs, but if light "COMES" from all directions, and is in every ...
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Why do some types of waves disperse?

We know that some mediums/waves are non-dispersive such as air for sound waves, and waves on a string. But, why do some waves, for example deep water waves, disperse? I am trying to understand the ...
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How to calculate the dispersion relation of graphene?

Graphene is a well investigated two-dimensional material in nano-physics. My teacher asked me to calculate its phonon dispersion with interactions between the first and second nearest neighbors, both ...
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Constructing a dispersion relation from the Hamiltonian

I'll begin by saying that I'm not entirely clear on if this is possible. I have a Hamiltonian of the form $$ \left( \begin{array}{cccc} \text{$\omega $1} & \text{J12} & 0 & \text{J14} \\ ...
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Periodically connected QHO's

I've recently been thinking about what happens when you connect quantum harmonic oscillators in a periodic way. I'm actually thinking about when you take a mass-spring system (which can easily be put ...
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Maxwell Equation in dispersive media Griffiths

I am wondering where is the following equation (9.162) of Griffiths Electrodynamics 4e from? $$ \nabla^2\tilde{E} = \tilde{\epsilon}\mu_0{\partial^2\tilde{E}\over\partial t} \tag{9.162}$$ I know ...
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Question about group velocity and travelling waves

I'm trying to learn some basic quantum mechanics and I have a question related to group velocity of a travelling wave. I know there are already a few questions related to group velocity, but I ...
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Rayleigh length determination for Laguerre-Gaussian Modes

Recently I have measured the Rayleigh length of a Gaussian electron beam probe in a scanning electron microscope, using the function: $$w(z) = w_0 \times \sqrt{1 + (z/z_r)^2}$$ Where $w$ is beam ...
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Is it possible to implement the reversed dispersion of a white light beam and how?

The dispersion of white light beam while passing through a triangular prism is well known. Considering the reversibility of optical path, it should be possible to reverse the experiment. How can ...
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Refractive index and electric susceptibility

Suppose we have a complex refractive index $n_{ref}=n+ik$ whose value is given at a precise frequency $\omega_l$ from experimental data. We know that the imaginary part is responsible for the ...
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Do photons have a spectrum like light when they are treated as waves?

If light can be treated as both a particle and a wave, are there things called infrared photons, or ultraviolet photons etc, as there are infrared waves, or ultraviolet waves? Or are photons just ...
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Frequency dependence of the speed of light in air

According to this link, the speed of light of different colors in a medium should be different. But if the refractive index of light in air is 1 then this means that the speed of light in air and ...
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Why grating is an essential part of a monochromator?

From looking at these two images, it appears that the dispersed "rays" of the reflected light could be manipulated just as well if the reflecting mirror would be turned to a fixed angle. So why is ...
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Why do dispersive waves get wider?

Consider the two waves $$y_1=Acos(\omega_1 t+k_1 x), \tag{1}$$ $$y_2=Acos(\omega_2 t+k_2 x), \tag{2}$$ where $\omega_i=k_iv(k_i)$ for $i=1,2$ so we have a dispersive medium. Then if we take their ...
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Is difference in wave number always small?

Over the last few days I have been looking at a derivation of group velocity. The derivation is the one shown in this question Deriving group velocity. I have seen this derivation in many places, and ...
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Why is it possible to choose an arbitrary zero energy level when dealing with frequencies of a wave function?

This is a followup of my previous Why don't the De Broglie dispersion relation contain a constant term? question. Answerers pointed out that only differences in energy matter I can understand ...
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Why don't the De Broglie dispersion relation contain a constant term?

Wikipedia says that the dispersion relation for a non-relativistic particle is: $$ \omega = \frac{\hbar k^2}{2m}. $$ But when I tried to calculate it myself, I seem to get a constant term in that ...
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Dispersion of electrons in conductive medium

Say you have a 1'x 1'x 1' cube of conductive metal. If you placed an electrode on the center of one of the sides, and quickly turned it on and off, how would the electrons disperse? Both initially ...
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How to minimize the wavepacket dispersion?

This is a final exam problem. Here is what I can remember: We know that if an electron's wavefunction starts out as a narrow wavepacket, and moving in a region of constant potential, then the ...
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Third-order dispersion of glass

When working with short laser pulses, it is important to compensate the dispersion of a pulse passing through a material because it changes the pulse's shape. The effect of dispersion can be described ...
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Derviation of group velocity

I am working thru a derivation of the group velocity formula and I get to this stage: $$y=2A\cos(x\frac{\Delta K}{2} -t\frac{\Delta \omega}{2})\sin( \bar k x-\bar \omega t)$$ Then all the derivations ...
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Deriving Graphene energy dispersion in tight binding model

I'm trying to get into graphene, in detail, I try to derive the elec. energy dispersion. Sadly, I am not that familiar with condensed matter QM by now, so I got some basic questions and I hope to find ...