A generalized action-angle representation of wave interaction in stratified shear flows

Eyal Heifetz, Anirban Guha (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

In this paper we express the linearized dynamics of interacting interfacial waves in stratified shear flows in the compact form of action-angle Hamilton's equations. The pseudo-energy serves as the Hamiltonian of the system, the action coordinates are the contribution of the interfacial waves to the wave action and the angles are the phases of the interfacial waves. The term 'generalized action angle' aims to emphasize that the action of each wave is generally time dependent and this allows for instability. An attempt is made to relate this formalism to the action at a distance resonance instability mechanism between counter-propagating vorticity waves via the global conservations of pseudo-energy and pseudo-momentum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-236
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume834
Early online date17 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Hamiltonian theory
  • instability
  • shear layers

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