Math. Model. Nat. Phenom.
Volume 8, Number 5, 2013Bifurcations
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Wave Trains Associated with a Cascade of Bifurcations of Space-Time Caustics over Elongated Underwater Banks
A. Ishlinsky Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of
2 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
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We study the behavior of linear nonstationary shallow water waves generated by an instantaneous localized source as they propagate over and become trapped by elongated underwater banks or ridges. To find the solutions of the corresponding equations, we use an earlier-developed asymptotic approach based on a generalization of Maslov’s canonical operator, which provides a relatively simple and efficient analytic-numerical algorithm for the wave field computation. An analysis of simple examples (where the bank and source shapes are given by certain elementary functions) shows that the appearance and dynamics of trapped wave trains is closely related to a cascade of bifurcations of space-time caustics, the bifurcation parameter being the bank length-to-width ratio.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 37C23 / 76B15 / 74J05 / 35A18
Key words: linearized shallow water equations / asymptotics / wave front singularity evolution / trapped nonstationary wave / underwater ridge / underwater bank
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