Observation of accelerating solitary wavepackets

Georgi Gary Rozenman, Lev Shemer, Ady Arie

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We study theoretically and observe experimentally the evolution of solitary surface gravity water wavepackets propagating in homogeneous and time-dependent flow created by a computer-controlled water pump, resulting in an effective linear potential. Unlike a potential free soliton, in this case the wavepacket envelope accelerates, while its phase is proportional to the cubic power of the position in the water tank. For increased wave steepness, we observe the emergence of asymmetry in the envelope, and hence it no longer retains its soliton shape. Furthermore, we study a case of ballistic dynamics of solitary surface gravity water wavepackets with initial nonzero momentum and demonstrate that their trajectory is similar to that of a projectile pulled by gravity. Nevertheless, their envelope shape is preserved during propagation, and the envelope phase is identical to that measured without an initial momentum.

Original languageEnglish
Article number050201
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation1415/17, 306/15


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