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Does the "Time Displacement" property of a wave function have an associated symbol?

Amplitude = $\hat U$

Period = $T$

Ordinary frequency = $f$

Angular frequency = $ω$

Phase = $ϕ$

Time Displacement = ?

The term appears in my college lecture notes:

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Is this even a mathematical term? –  tomasz Oct 21 '12 at 9:24
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$\mathrm d t$? $\Delta t$? –  FrenzY DT. Oct 21 '12 at 9:26
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@tomasz I am asking because it appears in my college notes, so maybe - maybe not. It is calculated ϕ/ω so might just be my lecturer's weird way of saying phase shift –  trideceth12 Oct 21 '12 at 9:28
    
I would use $t_1$ –  Elements in Space Jan 5 '13 at 16:57

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For this analogy assume $\alpha > 0$.

The author of that text is simply using the term time displacement to mean the time it would take the lagging function to achieve the same $y$ value (displacement, field magnitude etc.) as the leading function.

In that sense $\Delta t$ is not a bad choice for a symbol. Especially considering that distance displacement is commonly represented by the symbol $\Delta x$.

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Physicists use $t$ for time, the variable, units second.

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