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Instabilities of finite-amplitude internal wave beams

Yohei Onuki (Kyushu University, Japon)
When Mar 05, 2019
from 10:45 to 11:45
Where meeting room M7
Attendees Yohei Onuki
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Beam-like internal waves are commonly generated by tides in the ocean but their dissipation processes that cause vertical mixing are poorly understood. Several studies have examined small-amplitude beams to find that parametric subharmonic instability (PSI) induces latitude-dependent wave dissipation.  Using a novel approach based on Floquet theory, this study analyzes the stability of finite-amplitude beams over a wide range of parameters.  If beam amplitude is small, PSI is indeed the principal mode under the condition f/σ≤0.5, where f is the Coriolis parameter and σ is the beam frequency, and the growth rate is maximum when equality holds.  However, as beam amplitude is increased, instability arises even when f/σ>0.5, but the location of maximum instability shifts toward lower f/σ; thus, the latitudinal dependence of instability is significantly altered. Furthermore, the resulting energy spectrum is strongly Doppler shifted to higher frequencies, which therefore distinguishes this configuration from the common cases of PSI.