Experimental study of spatiotemporally localized surface gravity water waves

A. Chabchoub*, N. Akhmediev, N. P. Hoffmann

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

48 Citations (Scopus)


We present experimental results on the study of spatiotemporally localized surface wave events on deep water that can be modeled using the Peregrine breather solution of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. These are often considered as prototypes of oceanic rogue waves that can focus wave energy into a single wave packet. For small steepness values of the carrier gravity waves the Peregrine breathers are relatively wide, thus providing an excellent agreement between the theory and experimental results. For larger steepnesses the focusing leads to temporally and spatially shorter events. Nevertheless, agreement between measurements and the Peregrine breather theory remains reasonably good, with discrepancies of modulation gradients and spatiotemporal symmetries being tolerable. Lifetimes and travel distances of the spatiotemporally localized wave events determined from the experiment are in good agreement with the theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number016311
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Experimental study of spatiotemporally localized surface gravity water waves'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this