Growth of density inhomogeneities in a flow of wave turbulence

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

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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)
Pages (from-to)244504-244501
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 18 2004
Externally publishedYes


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