AdvisorLamb, G. L.
Lichter, S. H.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn the first part of this thesis, the nonlinear Schrodinger equation for inviscid cross-waves near onset is found to be modified by viscous linear damping and detuning. The accompanying boundary condition at the wavemaker is also modified by damping from the wavemaker meniscus. The relative contributions of the free-surface, sidewalls, bottom, and wavemaker viscous boundary layers are computed. It is shown that viscous dissipation due to the wavemaker meniscus breaks the symmetry of the neutral curve. In the second part, existence and stability of steady solutions to the nonlinear Schrodinger equation are examined numerically. It is found that at forcing frequency above a critical value, f(c), only one solution exists. However, below f(c), multiple steady solutions, the number of which is determined, are possible. This multiplicity leads to hysteresis for f < f(c), in agreement with observation. A Hopf bifurcation of the steady solutions is found. This bifurcation is compared with the transition from unmodulated to periodically modulated cross-waves observed experimentally.
Degree ProgramApplied Mathematics