Classification of Resonant Rossby Wave Triads

PDE Seminar
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 3:00pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
University of Michigan
Linear wave solutions to the Charney-Hasegawa-Mima equation with periodic boundary conditions have two physical interpretations: Rossby (atmospheric) waves, and drift (plasma) waves in a tokamak. These waves display resonance in triads. In the case of infinite Rossby deformation radius, the set of resonant triads may be described as the set of integer solutions to a particular homogeneous Diophantine equation, or as the set of rational points on a projective surface. We give a rationalparametrization of the smooth points on this surface, answering the question: What are all resonant triads, and how may they be enumerated quickly? We also give a fiberwise description, yielding an algorithmic procedure to answer the question: For fixed $r \in \Q$, what are all wavevectors $(x,y)$ that resonate with a wavevector $(a,b)$ with $a/b = r$?