Weak turbulence of gravity waves

JETP Letters (Impact Factor: 1.52). 08/2003; DOI: 10.1134/1.1595693
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT For the first time weak turbulent theory was demonstrated for the surface gravity waves. Direct numerical simulation of the dynamical equations shows Kolmogorov turbulent spectra as predicted by analytical analysis from kinetic equation.

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