Rogue wave observation in a water wave tank

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

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Abstract

The conventional definition of rogue waves in the ocean is that their heights, from crest to trough, are more than about twice the significant wave height, which is the average wave height of the largest one-third of nearby waves. When modeling deep water waves using the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, the most likely candidate satisfying this criterion is the so-called Peregrine solution. It is localized in both space and time, thus describing a unique wave event. Until now, experiments specifically designed for observation of breather states in the evolution of deep water waves have never been made in this double limit. In the present work, we present the first experimental results with observations of the Peregrine soliton in a water wave tank.

Original languageEnglish
Article number204502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume106
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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