Broken Symmetries and Pattern Formation in Two-Frequency Forced Faraday Waves

Jeff Porter*, Mary Silber

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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