wavenumber \(\sigma\), \(\tilde{\nu }\)

The reciprocal of the wavelength, \(\lambda \), or the number of waves per unit length along the direction of propagation. The SI unit is \(\text{m}^{-1}\), but a commonly used unit is \(\text{cm}^{-1}\). Symbols \(\overset{˜}{\nu }\) in a vacuum, \(\sigma \) in a medium.
Green Book,2nd ed., p. 30 (https://www.cintegrado.com.br/site/documentos/green_book_2ed.pdf)
PAC, 1985, 57, 105. 'Names, symbols, definitions and units of quantities in optical spectroscopy (Recommendations 1984)' on page 109 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac198557010105)
PAC, 1996, 68, 2223. 'Glossary of terms used in photochemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)' on page 2283 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199668122223)