Instability and evolution of nonlinearly interacting water waves

P.K. Shukla, Ioannis Kourakis, B. Eliasson, M. Marklund, L. Stenflo

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We consider the modulational instability of nonlinearly interacting two-dimensional waves in deep water, which are described by a pair of two-dimensional coupled nonlinear Schrodinger equations. We derive a nonlinear dispersion relation. The latter is numerically analyzed to obtain the regions and the associated growth rates of the modulational instability. Furthermore, we follow the long term evolution of the latter by means of computer simulations of the governing nonlinear equations and demonstrate the formation of localized coherent wave envelopes. Our results should be useful for understanding the formation and nonlinear propagation characteristics of large-amplitude freak waves in deep water.
Original languageEnglish
Article number094501
Pages (from-to)094501-1-094501-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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