Hamiltonian aspects of three-wave resonant interactions in gas dynamics

G. M. Webb, A. Zakharian, M. Brio, G. P. Zank

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Equations describing three-wave resonant interactions in adiabatic gas dynamics in one Cartesian space dimension derived by Majda and Rosales are expressed in terms of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian variational principles. The equations consist of two coupled integro-differential Burgers equations for the backward and forward sound waves that are coupled by integral terms that describe the resonant reflection of a sound wave off an entropy wave disturbance to produce a reverse sound wave. Similarity solutions and conservation laws for the equations are derived using symmetry group methods for the special case where the entropy disturbance consists of a periodic saw-tooth profile. The solutions are used to illustrate the interplay between the nonlinearity represented by the Burgers self-wave interaction terms and wave dispersion represented by the three-wave resonant interaction terms. Hamiltonian equations in Fourier (p, t) space are also obtained where p is the Fourier space variable corresponding to the fast phase variable θ of the waves. The latter equations are transformed to normal form in order to isolate the normal modes of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4227-4257
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 21 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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