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Solitary waves with intrinsic wavelength

Tuesday 15th July 2014 - 14:00 to 15:00
INI Seminar Room 2
Session Title: 
Numerical Day 1
A solitary wave is a localized coherent structure that maintains its shape while it travels at constant speed. Solitary waves are caused by a cancellation of nonlinear and dispersive effects in the medium. In this talk, we discuss a special type of solitary wave: wavepacket solitary waves. In contrast to the celebrated KdV soliton, wavepacket solitary waves have intrinsic length scale and feature oscillatory decaying tails. Two examples, capillary-gravity waves and flexural-gravity waves, will be presented to illustrate the importance of wavepacket solitary waves, the numerical methods for constructing these waves and their dynamics.
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons