School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Wa-2 Phase and Group Velocity

Published: Tuesday 14 March 2006 - Updated: Wednesday 30 March 2011


To demonstrate the difference between phase and group velocity.



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Phase n Group Velocity Diagram 2

Phase n Group Velocity Diagram 1


Two signal generators are connected to separate channel inputs on the four channel C.R.O. The third channel contains the sum of the two signals via the isolating resistors. If the two frequencies of the oscillators are approximately equal the resulting waveforms adequately demonstrate the phase and group velocity of the packet.

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