Growth of density inhomogeneities in a flow of wave turbulence

A. M. Balk, G. Falkovich, M. G. Stepanov

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The growth of density inhomogeneities was investigated in a flow of wave turbulence. The conditions for a nonzero sum of the Lyapunov exponents was found which provides for an exponential growth of density inhomogeneities. The leading order contribution came from the pair of waves having coinciding frequencies but producing different stokes drifts. It was observed that nonzero Lyapunov exponents appear in two and three dimensions both for potential and solenoidal waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number244504
Pages (from-to)244504-1-244504-4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 18 2004

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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