Wave turbulence on the surface of a fluid in a high-gravity environment

Abstract : We report on the observation of gravity-capillary wave turbulence on the surface of a fluid in a high-gravity environment. By using a large-diameter centrifuge, the effective gravity acceleration is tuned up to 20 times the Earth gravity. The transition frequency between the gravity and capillary regimes is thus increased up to one decade as predicted theoretically. A frequency power-law wave spectrum is observed in each regime and is found to be independent of the gravity level and of the wave steepness. While the timescale separation required by weak turbulence is well verified experimentally regardless of the gravity level, the nonlinear and dissipation timescales are found to be independent of the scale, as a result of the finite size effects of the system (large-scale container modes) that are not taken currently into account theoretically.
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Annette Cazaubiel, Sébastien Mawet, Alexis Darras, Galien Grosjean, Jack van Loon, et al.. Wave turbulence on the surface of a fluid in a high-gravity environment. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2019. ⟨hal-02354790⟩

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