Laboratory Experiments on Wave Turbulence

E. Falcon
MSC, University Paris Diderot, CNRS - UMR 7057, 75 013 Paris, France


Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B, Vol. 13, N°4, pp. 819 - 840 (2010)



This review paper is devoted to a presentation of recent progress in wave turbulence. I first present the context and state of the art of this field of research both experimentally and theoretically. I then focus on the case of wave turbulence on the surface of a fluid, and I discuss the main results obtained by our group: caracterization of the gravity and capillary wave turbulence regimes, the first observation of intermittency in wave turbulence, the occurrence of strong fluctuations of injected power in the fluid, the observation of a pure capillary wave turbulence in low gravity environment and the observation of magnetic wave turbulence on the surface of a ferrofluid. Finally, open questions in wave turbulence are discussed.

Keywords: Wave turbulence, N-wave interaction process, weak turbulence, surface waves, experiments, intermittency, power spectrum, energy flux, gravity waves, capillary waves.

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