Design of parametrically forced patterns and quasipatterns

A. M. Rucklidget, M. Silber

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The Faraday wave experiment is a classic example of a system driven by parametric forcing, and it produces a wide range of complex patterns, including superlattice patterns and quasipatterns. Nonlinear three-wave interactions between driven and weakly damped modes play a key role in determining which patterns are favored. We use this idea to design single and multifrequency forcing functions that produce examples of superlattice patterns and quasipatterns in a new model PDE with parametric forcing. We make quantitative comparisons between the predicted patterns and the solutions of the PDE. Unexpectedly, the agreement is good only for parameter values very close to onset. The reason that the range of validity is limited is that the theory requires strong damping of all modes apart from the driven pattern-forming modes. This is in conflict with the requirement for weak damping if three-wave coupling is to influence pattern selection effectively. We distinguish the two different ways that three-wave interactions can be used to stabilize quasipatterns, and we present examples of 12-, 14-, and 20-fold approximate quasipatterns. We identify which computational domains provide the most accurate approximations to 12-fold quasipatterns and systematically investigate the Fourier spectra of the most accurate approximations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-347
Number of pages50
JournalSIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Faraday waves
  • Mode interactions
  • Pattern formation
  • Quasipatterns
  • Superlattice patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation


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