The wave packet consisting of two harmonic plane waves with the same frequencies, but with different wave vectors is considered. The dispersion relation of a packet is structurally similar to the dispersion relation of a relativistic particle with a nonzero rest mass. The possibility of controlling the group velocity of a quasi-monochromatic wave packet by varying the angle between the wave vectors of its constituent waves is discussed.
quasi-monochromatic waves; group velocity; dispersion relation; longitudinal modulation; coherence time
PHYSICAL SCIENCES, General & Theoretical Physics
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