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Wave-vortex interaction.
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PMID:  20365066     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
We present an experimental study of the effect of an electromagnetically generated vortex flow on parametrically amplified waves at the surface of a vertically vibrated fluid layer. The underlying vortex flow, generated by a periodic Lorentz force, creates spatiotemporal fluctuations that nonlinearly interact with the standing surface waves. We measure the power spectral density of the surface wave amplitude and we characterize the bifurcation diagram by recording the subharmonic response of the surface to the external vibration. We show that the parametric instability is delayed in the presence of spatiotemporal fluctuations due to the vortex flow. In addition, the dependence of the amplitude of the subharmonic response on the distance to the instability threshold is modified. This shows that the nonlinear saturation mechanism of the waves is modified by the vortex flow.
Claudio Falcón; Stéphan Fauve
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-11-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics     Volume:  80     ISSN:  1550-2376     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-06     Completed Date:  2010-10-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136452     Medline TA:  Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  056213     Citation Subset:  -    
Ecole Normale Supérieure, CNRS, 75 005 Paris, France.
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