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Gravity wave turbulence in wave tanks: Space and time statistics

Lukaschuk, Sergei; Nazarenko, Sergey; McLelland, Stuart; Denissenko, Petr


Sergei Lukaschuk

Sergey Nazarenko

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Dr Stuart McLelland
Interim Co-Director of the Energy and Environment Institute

Petr Denissenko


We present the first simultaneous space-time measurements for gravity wave turbulence in a large laboratory flume. We found that the slopes of k and ω wave spectra depend on wave intensity. This cannot be explained by any existing theory considering wave turbulence as the result of either breaking events or weakly nonlinear wave interactions. Instead, we show that random waves and breaking or coherent structures appear to coexist: The former show themselves in a quasi-Gaussian core of the probability density function and in the low-order structure functions, and the latter in the probability density function tails and the high-order structure functions. © 2009 The American Physical Society.


Lukaschuk, S., Nazarenko, S., McLelland, S., & Denissenko, P. (2009). Gravity wave turbulence in wave tanks: Space and time statistics. Physical review letters, 103(4), Article ARTN 044501.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 19, 2008
Online Publication Date Jul 22, 2009
Publication Date Jul 24, 2009
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Physical review letters
Print ISSN 0031-9007
Electronic ISSN 1079-7114
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 103
Issue 4
Article Number ARTN 044501
Keywords General Physics and Astronomy
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Additional Information Copy of article first published in: Physical review letters, 2009-, v.103, issue 4.


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