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The suppression of short waves by a train of long waves

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 April 2006

A. M. Balk
Applied Mathematics 217-50, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA


It is shown that a train of long waves can suppress a short-wave field due to four-wave resonance interactions. These interactions lead to the diffusion (in Fourier space) of the wave action of the short-wave field, so that the wave action is transported to the regions of higher wavenumbers, where it dissipates more effectively. The diffusion equation is derived.

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© 1996 Cambridge University Press

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