Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 53–63 | Cite as

Resonant interaction of waves of continuous and discrete spectra in the simplest model of a stratified shear flow

  • N. N. Romanova


The equations of dynamics of eddy—wave disturbances of two-dimensional stratified flows in an ideal incompressible fluid that are written in a Hamiltonian form are used to study the resonant interaction of waves of discrete and continuous spectra. A gravity—shear wave generated at a jump of the density and vorticity of the undisturbed flow and a wave generated at a weak vorticity jump, which is similar to a wave of a continuous spectrum, participate in the interaction. The equations are written in terms of normal variables to obtain the system of evolution equations for the amplitudes of the interacting waves. The stability condition for eddy—wave disturbances is derived within the framework of the linear theory. It is shown that a cubic nonlinearity may lead to the stabilization of unstable disturbances if the coefficient of the nonlinear term is positive.


Oceanic Physic Discrete Spectrum Wave Disturbance Resonant Interaction Shear Wave 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oboukhov Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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