We exploit the approximate (broken) symmetries of time translation, time reversal, and Hamiltonian structure to obtain general scaling laws governing the process of pattern formation in weakly damped Faraday waves. Using explicit parameter symmetries we determine, for the case of two-frequency forcing, how the strength of observed three-wave interactions depends on the frequency ratio and on the relative phase of the two driving terms. These symmetry-based predictions are verified for numerically calculated coefficients, and help explain the results of recent experiments.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)