solitary wave

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Noun1.solitary wave - (physics) a quantum of energy or quasiparticle that can be propagated as a traveling wave in nonlinear systems and is neither preceded nor followed by another such disturbance; does not obey the superposition principle and does not dissipate; "soliton waves can travel long distances with little loss of energy or structure"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
traveling wave, travelling wave - a wave in which the medium moves in the direction of propagation of the wave
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Knupp, 2011: Radiometer and profiler analysis of the effects of a bore and a solitary wave on the stability of the nocturnal boundary layer.
Their topics include solitary wave generation due to passage through the local resonance, asymptotic expansions of singular perturbation theory, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, and nonlinear Cauchy problems for elliptic equations.
In the event that two pulses of optical soliton are united, they bit by bit twist lastly converges into a solitary wave parcel.
However, to the best of our knowledge, few researchers have studied the existence of periodic wave solutions and the nonexistence of solitary wave solutions for the singular p-Laplacian problems with impulsive effects.
However, by considering the time slow- varying basic flow, the KdV-type Rossby solitary wave can represent the life cycle of dipole blocking [9].
If the values of both [beta] and [gamma] are of the same sign then both terms give balance effect resulting in the formation of solitary wave envelope [37].
The solitary wave solutions and new traveling wave solutions can be derived when special values of the parameters are taken.
In recent years, quite a few methods for obtaining explicit traveling and solitary wave solutions of nonlinear evolution equations have been proposed.
In the last decade, a great number of researchers have paid a particular attention to the study of solitary wave equations that undergo the influence of external perturbations.
Internal solitary wave transformation at the bottom step in two-layer flow: the Gardner and Navier--Stokes frameworks.
NASA said this solitary wave has implications for the future rate of sea level rise.