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Wave Turbulence
"Recent developments in fluid dynamics" 5 (2004), p 225, Transworld Research Network, Kepala, India.

Yeontaek Choitex2html_wrap_inline$^*$, Yuri V. Lvovtex2html_wrap_inline$^&dagger#dagger;$, Sergey Nazarenkotex2html_wrap_inline$^*$

tex2html_wrap_inline$^*$ Mathematics Institute, The University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4-7AL, UK
tex2html_wrap_inline$^&dagger#dagger;$ Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Troy, NY 12180


In this paper we review recent developments in the statistical theory of weakly nonlinear dispersive waves, the subject known as Wave Turbulence (WT). We revise WT theory using a generalisation of the random phase approximation (RPA). This generalisation takes into account that not only the phases but also the amplitudes of the wave Fourier modes are random quantities and it is called the ``Random Phase and Amplitude'' approach. This approach allows to systematically derive the kinetic equation for the energy spectrum from the the Peierls-Brout-Prigogine (PBP) equation for the multi-mode probability density function (PDF). The PBP equation was originally derived for the three-wave systems and in the present paper we derive a similar equation for the four-wave case. Equation for the multi-mode PDF will be used to validate the statistical assumptions about the phase and the amplitude randomness used for WT closures. Further, the multi-mode PDF contains a detailed statistical information, beyond spectra, and it finally allows to study non-Gaussianity and intermittency in WT, as it will be described in the present paper. In particular, we will show that intermittency of stochastic nonlinear waves is related to a flux of probability in the space of wave amplitudes.

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