Decay turbulence of capillary waves

G. E. Falkovich, I. Ya Shapiro, L. Shtilman

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Evolution of decay turbulence of capillary waves on a deep water is considered in the framework of the isotropic kinetic equation. It is shown that the evolution comprises two stages. During the first stage an arbitrary localized large-scale wave distribution explosively evolves into a small-scale Kolmogorov spectrum. The second stage starts at the moment the Kolmogorov spectrum reaches dissipative scales. The characteristic time of this stage is much longer (up to thousand times) than that of the first one. The energy distribution is close to the Kolmogorov spectrum and decays by a self-similar law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal de Physique (Paris), Lettres
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995


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