Super roguewaves: Observation of a higher-order breather inwaterwaves

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  • A. Chabchoub
  • N. Hoffmann
  • M. Onorato
  • N. Akhmediev

Research units

  • Hamburg University of Technology
  • Universit'a di Rome Sapienza
  • Australian National University


Super rogue waves with an amplitude of up to 5 times the background value are observed in a waterwave tank for the first time. Nonlinear focusing of the local wave amplitude occurs according to the higher-order breather solution of the nonlinear wave equation. The present result shows that rogue waves can also develop from very calm and apparently safe sea states. We expect the result to have a significant impact on studies of extreme ocean waves and to initiate related studies in other disciplines concerned with waves in nonlinear dispersive media, such as optics, plasma physics, and superfluidity.


Original languageEnglish
Article number011015
JournalPhysical Review X
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Fluid Dynamics, Geophysics, Nonlinear Dynamics

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