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CATEGORIES:Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series
SUMMARY:Contour integral solutions of the parabolic wave e
quation and applications to canonical scattering p
roblems - David Hewett (University College London)
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URL:http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/194767
DESCRIPTION:We present a simple\, systematic construction and
analysis of solutions of the two dimensional parab
olic (or paraxial) wave equation that exhibit far-
field localisation near certain algebraic plane cu
rves. Our solutions are complex contour integral s
uperpositions of elementary plane wave solutions w
ith polynomial phase\, the desired localisation be
ing associated with the coalescence of saddle poin
ts. Our solutions provide a unified framework in w
hich to describe some classical phenomena in two-d
imensional high frequency wave propagation\, inclu
ding smooth and cusped caustics\, whispering galle
ry and creeping waves\, and tangent ray diffractio
n by a smooth boundary. We also study a subclass o
f solutions exhibiting localisation near a cubic p
arabola\, and discuss their possible relevance to
the study of the canonical inflection point proble
m governing the transition from whispering gallery
waves to creeping waves.
LOCATION:Seminar Room 1\, Newton Institute
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