Linear water waves with vorticity: Rotational features and particle paths

Department of Mathematics, Lund University, PO Box 118, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Journal of Differential Equations (Impact Factor: 1.68). 01/2008; 244(8):1888-1909. DOI: 10.1016/j.jde.2008.01.012
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We study steady linear gravity waves of small amplitude travelling on a current of constant vorticity. For positive vorticity the situation resembles that of Stokes waves, but if the vorticity is large enough the particle trajectories are affected. For negative vorticity we show that there may appear internal waves and vortices, wherein the particle trajectories are not ellipses.

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    • "The shear current of constant vorticity with a free surface has recently also attracted much interest in the mathematical community , e.g. [14] [16] [17] [18] and further references therein. Recently Constantin [19] proved that when the vorticity is constant for a shear with a free surface, wave propagation must be aligned either exactly upstream or exactly downstream, i.e., the flow must be effectively twodimensional . "
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    • "Spurred by the above results there has also been interest in studying the properties and dynamics of these waves below the surface [11] [37]. This had been done for linear waves in [14]. Several other avenues have also been considered: We mention heterogeneous waves both with [39] [40] and without [38] surface tension, a variational approach [2] and Hamiltonian formulation with center manifold reduction [19]. "
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    • "The effect of vorticity on the modulational stability of periodic surface waves was investigated in [25]. In the presence of vorticity, even the linear problem still provides challenges, as testified to by the recent study [5] on particle paths in rotational linear surface waves, and the article [26] which focuses on the linear dispersion relation for surface waves in the context of non-constant vorticity. "
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