Steady water waves in the presence of wind

PDE Seminar
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 15:05
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
New York University
In large part, the waves that we observe in the open ocean are created by wind blowing over the water.  The precise nature of this process occurs has been intensely studied, but is still not understood very well at a mathematically rigorous level.   In this talk, we side-step that issue, somewhat, and consider the steady problem.  That is, we prove the existence of small-amplitude traveling waves in a two phase air-water system that can be viewed as the eventual product of wind generation. This is joint work with Oliver Buhler and Jalal Shatah.