Exact Theory of Solitary Waves on Water with Surface Tension

CDSNS Colloquium
Monday, November 8, 2010 - 11:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 169
Virginia Tech
The talk concerns the mathematical aspects of solitary waves (i.e. single hump waves) moving with a constant speed on water of finite depth with surface tension using fully nonlinear Euler equations governing the motion of the fluid flow. The talk will first give a quick formal derivation of the solitary-wave solutions from the Euler equations and then focus on the mathematical theory of existence and stability of two-dimensional solitary waves. The recent development on the existence and stability of various three-dimensional waves will also be discussed.