Aug 14, 2020, 9:52 AM

Research on mystery rogue waves summarised in new publication

A group of researchers associated with the Flagship for Photonics Research and Innovation PREIN, have summarised a decade of international collaborative effort on the study of rogue waves in their publication Rogue waves and analogies in optics and oceanography in Nature Reviews Physics.

Giant rogue waves on the ocean are a mysterious phenomenon and their study in the natural sea environment has been has been difficult and dangerous until the discovery that powerful ultrafast laser pulses into an optical fiber could generate similar large amplitude waves of light and not of water. The ability to use light waves to mimic the properties of ocean waves improve our understanding of rogue waves on the ocean and predicting this destructive phenomena.

Now after more than ten years of work by hundreds of researchers worldwide, over 1500 research papers have been published on the topic. This extensive state of the art has now been reviewed in a major publication by an international research team from Finland, France, Ireland and Australia. The paper provides a valuable resource for all workers interested in the giant wave phenomena.  The paper also suggests important new directions for further study, from new techniques to analyse ocean wave data, to the practical development of new approaches to generate ultrashort laser pulses.  
Read the article: J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, A. Mussot, A. Chabchoub, F. Dias Rogue waves and analogies in optics and oceanography Nature Reviews Physics 1, (2019)

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