Europhys. Lett.
Volume 61, Number 6, March 2003
Page(s) 796 - 802
Section Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties
Published online 01 March 2003
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-00304-5
Europhys. Lett., 61 (6) , pp. 796-802 (2003)

Capillary gravity waves: A "fixed-depth" analysis

F. Chevy and E. Raphaël

Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée UMR CNRS 7125 and FR CNRS 2438 Collège de France, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

(Received 7 October 2002; accepted in final form 10 January 2003)

We study the onset of the wave resistance due to the generation of capillary gravity waves by a partially immersed moving object in the case where the object is held at a fixed immersion depth. We show that, in this case, the wave resistance varies continuously with the velocity, in qualitative accordance with recent experiments by Burghelea et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett., 86 (2001) 2557).

68.03.Kn - Dynamics (capillary waves).

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