On the existence of extreme waves and the Stokes conjecture with vorticity

6 November 2008
12:30
Eugen Varvaruca
Abstract
We present some recent results on singular solutions of the problem of travelling gravity water waves on flows with vorticity. We show that, for a certain class of vorticity functions, a sequence of regular waves converges to an extreme wave with stagnation points at its crests. We also show that, for any vorticity function, the profile of an extreme wave must have either a symmetric corner of 120 degrees or a horizontal tangent at any isolated stagnation point. Moreover, the profile necessarily has a symmetric corner of 120 degrees if the vorticity is nonnegative near the free surface.
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