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Energy cascades and rogue waves in superfluid He-4

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Article number032056
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Number of pages4
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Conference25th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT25)


We report the results of recent experiments on second sound in a high Q resonator. Nonlinear wave interactions give rise to a form of acoustic turbulence in which there is a Kolmogorov-like cascade of energy through the frequency scales from the frequency at which it is injected towards higher frequencies until, eventually, dissipative processes come to dominate and terminate the energy flux. We report that that, under some circumstances, an inverse energy cascade occurs, whereby there is a steady flux of energy towards lower frequencies, a wholly unexpected result that bears on the suggestion that rogue waves on the ocean may arise through nonlinear interactions between conventional wind-blown waves.