In optics, dispersion is the phenomenon in which the phase velocity of a wave depends on its frequency.Media having this common property may be termed dispersive media. Sometimes the term chromatic dispersion is used for specificity.Although the term is used in the field of optics to describe light and other electromagnetic waves, dispersion in the same sense can apply to any sort of wave motion such as acoustic dispersion in the case of sound and seismic waves, in gravity waves (ocean waves), and for telecommunication signals along transmission lines (such as coaxial cable) or optical fiber.
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