Growth of density inhomogeneities in a flow of wave turbulence

A. M. Balk, G. Falkovich, M. G. Stepanov

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Abstract

The growth of density inhomogeneities was investigated in a flow of wave turbulence. The conditions for a nonzero sum of the Lyapunov exponents was found which provides for an exponential growth of density inhomogeneities. The leading order contribution came from the pair of waves having coinciding frequencies but producing different stokes drifts. It was observed that nonzero Lyapunov exponents appear in two and three dimensions both for potential and solenoidal waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number244504
Pages (from-to)244504-1-244504-4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume92
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 18 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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