Title

delta-expansion method for nonlinear stochastic differential equations describing wave propagation in a random medium

Authors

Authors

R. A. Van Gorder

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Phys. Rev. E

Keywords

QUANTUM-FIELD THEORY; LOCAL GAUGE-THEORIES; PERTURBATIVE APPROACH; MODEL; Physics, Fluids & Plasmas; Physics, Mathematical

Abstract

We apply the delta-expansion method to nonlinear stochastic differential equations describing wave propagation in a random medium. In particular, we focus our attention on a model describing a nonlinear wave propagating in a turbulent atmosphere which has random variations in the refractive index (we take these variations to be stochastic). The method allows us to construct much more reasonable perturbation solutions with relatively few terms (compared to standard "small-parameter" perturbation methods) due to more accurate linearization used in constructing the initial approximation. We demonstrate that the method allows one to compute effective wave numbers more precisely than other methods applied to the problem in the literature. The method also picks up on the stochastic damping of the solutions quickly, holding all of the relevant data in the initial term. These properties allow for both a qualitative and a quantitative construction of physically meaningful solutions. In particular, we show that the method allows one to retain higher-order harmonics which are hard to capture with standard perturbation methods based on small parameters.

Journal Title

Physical Review E

Volume

82

Issue/Number

5

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

9

WOS Identifier

WOS:000284406000007

ISSN

1539-3755

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