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Wave Current Interaction as a Spatial Dynamical System: Analogies with Rainbow and Black Hole Physics

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Wave-Current Interaction as a Spatial Dynamical System: Analogies with Rainbow and Black Hole Physics Jean-Charles Nardin, Germain Rousseaux, and Pierre Coullet Laboratoire J.-A. Dieudonne, Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, UMR CNRS-UNS 6621, Parc Valrose, 06108 Nice Cedex 02, France, European Union (Received 24 June 2008; published 27 March 2009) We study the hydrodynamic phenomenon of waves blocking by a countercurrent with the tools of dynamical systems theory. We show that, for a uniform background velocity and within the small wavelength approximation, the stopping of gravity waves is described by a stationary saddle-node bifurcation due to the spatial resonance of an incident wave with the converted ‘‘blueshifted'' wave. We explain why the classical regularization effect of interferences avoids the height singularity in complete analogy with the intensity of light close to the principal arc of a rainbow. The application to the behavior of light near a gravitational horizon is discussed. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.124504 PACS numbers: 47.35.i, 04.62.+v, 04.70.Dy, 42.15.Dp Water waves propagating on a countercurrent are char- acterized by a significant increase of their height, and the resulting rogue waves are a danger for ships sailing across the interaction zone. The amplification mechanisms are refraction and reflection. On the other hand, wave breakers made of bubble curtains producing surface currents are used to stop gravity waves in marine applications [1].

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PRL102,124504 (2009)
P H Y S I C A LR E V I E WL E T T E R S
WaveCurrent Interaction as a Spatial Dynamical System: Analogies with Rainbow and Black Hole Physics
week ending 27 MARCH 2009
JeanCharles Nardin, Germain Rousseaux, and Pierre Coullet LaboratoireJ.A.Dieudonn´e,Universit´edeNiceSophiaAntipolis,UMRCNRSUNS6621, Parc Valrose, 06108 Nice Cedex 02, France, European Union (Received 24 June 2008; published 27 March 2009) We study the hydrodynamic phenomenon of waves blocking by a countercurrent with the tools of dynamical systems theory. We show that, for a uniform background velocity and within the small wavelength approximation, the stopping of gravity waves is described by a stationary saddlenode bifurcation due to the spatial resonance of an incident wave with the converted ‘‘blueshifted’’ wave. We explain why the classical regularization effect of interferences avoids the height singularity in complete analogy with the intensity of light close to the principal arc of a rainbow. The application to the behavior of light near a gravitational horizon is discussed.
DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.124504
Water waves propagating on a countercurrent are char acterized by a significant increase of their height, and the resulting rogue waves are a danger for ships sailing across the interaction zone. The amplification mechanisms are refraction and reflection. On the other hand, wave breakers made of bubble curtains producing surface currents are used to stop gravity waves in marine applications [1]. Moreover, the influence of currents on sediment transport modifies the mass budget due to the water waves and is the subject of investigations for coastal engineering [2]. Here we derive the normal form associated with the bifurcation due to the spatial resonance of incoming waves and con verted ones leading to waves blocking. We display the control parameter and discuss the analogies with rainbow and black hole physics. In particular, we derive the univer sal scaling exponent of the diverging energy of water waves close to the blocking boundary due to the counter current in perfect analogy to the caustic for light intensity of the rainbow. The possibility to measure the classical analogue of the Hawking temperature associated to the quantum radiation of black holes is underlined through the design of wavecurrent interaction experiments in the laboratory [3]. Gravity waves in the presence of a uniform current are described by the following dispersion relation:ð!U2 kÞ ¼gktanhðkhÞ, where!=2 >0is the frequency of the wave andkthe algebraic wave number [412].g denotes the gravitational acceleration of the Earth at the water surface,U <0is the constant velocity of the back ground flow, andhis the height of the water depth. The flow induces a Doppler shift of the pulsation!. The dispersion relation is usually solved by graphical means (Fig.1). One important point is that there exist four pffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi branchesgktanhðkhÞ. However, the fluid community focused so far only on the positive wave numberk(except Peregrine in the caseU >0[4]), whereas the relativistic community has drawn recently the attention to the negative
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PACS numbers: 47.35.i, 04.62.+v, 04.70.Dy, 42.15.Dp
ksince the equation which describes the propagation of water waves riding a current in the long wavelength ap proximation is strictly the same as for the propagation of light near a Schwarzschild black hole [13]. In particular, negative wave numberskwith both positive and negative 0 relative frequencies!¼!Ukin the frame of the current can appear by mode conversion. Depending on the parameters, two or three branches are intercepted by the straight line!Ukwith a positive slope since only countercurrents withU <0are considered in this work. A maximum of four solutions is possible (Fig.1): two with positivekand two with negativek. Concerning the positive solutions, one (kI) corresponds to the incident wave, and the other one (kB) describes a wave which is ‘‘blueshifted’’ as its wave number is larger than the inci dent wave. The blue wave is often wrongly confounded with a ‘‘reflected’’ wave. Indeed, the former have a positive wave number but a negative group velocity: The slope of the straight line is superior to the tangent to the positive squareroot branch atkB. In addition, the phase velocity of the blueshifted wave is positive such that its crests move in the opposite direction to the countercurrent seen from the
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FIG. 1.Graphical solutions of the dispersion relation.
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