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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16) can be found in the form of a solitary wave [14,58].
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.
A solitary wave typically is a single supercritical gravity wave of elevation, leading an amplitude-ordered wave train ("soliton") in which trailing waves have a much smaller amplitude (Koch et al.
The solitary wave solution of the coupled problem (1) was presented below (Seyler and Fenstermacher, 1984),
43] in the framework of solitary wave solutions of a family of scalar dispersive models for water wave propagation.
More precisely, we construct a solitary wave u such that u(t, x) = [phi](x - ct) on each edge with some p vanishing at [+ or -] [infinity].
Duffy: An automated tanh-function method for finding solitary wave solutions to nonlinear evolution equations, Comput.
The investigation of exploring the exact traveling wave solutions of nonlinear mathematical physics equations plays an important role in the study of the solitary wave solution.
In Section 3, we show that these equations may be reduced to a nonlinear evolution equation belonging to the family of nonlinear diffusive Burgers' equations which admits a pulse solitary wave with compact support as a solution.