Dissipative solitary states in driven surface waves

O. Lioubashevski, H. Arbell, J. Fineberg

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We present an experimental study of highly localized, solitonlike structures that propagate on the two-dimensional surface of highly dissipative fluids. Like the well-known Faraday instability, these highly dissipative structures are driven by means of the spatially uniform, vertical acceleration of a thin fluid layer. These structures, harmonically coupled to the external driving frequency, are observed above a critical ratio of the viscous boundary layer height to the depth of the fluid layer for a wide range of fluid viscosities and system parameters.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3959-3962
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 20 May 1996


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