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A Numerical Study of Quasi-Periodic Water Waves (Part 1)

[Moved Online] Introductory Workshop: Mathematical problems in fluid dynamics January 25, 2021 - February 05, 2021

February 02, 2021 (08:30 AM PST - 09:30 AM PST)
Speaker(s): Jon Wilkening (University of California, Berkeley)
Location: MSRI: Online/Virtual
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A Numerical Study Of Quasi-Periodic Water Waves (Part 1)


We present a framework to compute and study two-dimensional water waves that are quasi-periodic in space and/or time. This means they can be represented as periodic functions on a higher-dimensional torus by evaluating along irrational directions. In the spatially quasi-periodic case, we consider both traveling waves and the general initial value problem. In both cases, the nonlocal Dirichlet-Neumann operator is computed using conformal mapping methods and a quasi-periodic variant of the Hilbert transform. We obtain traveling waves either as a generalization of the Wilton ripple problem or through bifurcation from large-amplitude periodic waves. In the temporally quasi-periodic case, we devise a shooting method to compute standing waves with 3 quasi-periods as well as hybrid traveling-standing waves that return to a spatial translation of their initial condition at a later time. Many examples will be given to illustrate the types of behavior that can occur.

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