Propagation Dynamics of Nonspreading Cosine-Gauss Water-Wave Pulses

Shenhe Fu, Yuval Tsur, Jianying Zhou, Lev Shemer, Ady Arie

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Linear gravity water waves are highly dispersive; therefore, the spreading of initially short wave trains characterizes water surface waves, and is a universal property of a dispersive medium. Only if there is sufficient nonlinearity does this envelope admit solitary solutions which do not spread and remain in fixed forms. Here, in contrast to the nonlinear localized wave packets, we present both theoretically and experimentally a new type of linearly nondispersive water wave, having a cosine-Gauss envelope, as well as its higher-order Hermite cosine-Gauss variations. We show that these waves preserve their width despite the inherent dispersion while propagating in an 18-m wave tank, accompanied by a slowly varying carrier-envelope phase. These wave packets exhibit self-healing; i.e., they are restored after bypassing an obstacle. We further demonstrate that these nondispersive waves are robust to weakly nonlinear perturbations. In the strong nonlinear regime, symmetry breaking of these waves is observed, but their cosine-Gauss shapes are still approximately preserved during propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number254501
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - 18 Dec 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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