rayleigh wave

rayleigh wave
Usage: usually capitalized R
Etymology: after Baron John W. S. Rayleigh
: an elastic wave confined to the surface layers of a solid medium; specifically : an elastic wave traveling along the surface of the earth with the plane of vibration coincident with the plane of propagation that is observed especially in seismic disturbances

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