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Canonical Hamiltonians for waves in inhomogeneous media

Boris Gershgorin$ ^a$ , Yuri V. Lvov$ ^b$ , and Sergey Nazarenko$ ^c$ ,
$ ^a$ Courant Institute, New York University, New York, NY 10012, USA


We obtain a canonical form of a quadratic Hamiltonian for linear waves in a weakly inhomogeneous medium. This is achieved by using the WKB representation of wave packets. The canonical form of the Hamiltonian is obtained via the series of canonical Bogolyubov-type and near-identical transformations. Various examples of the application illustrating the main features of our approach are presented. The knowledge of the Hamiltonian structure for linear wave systems provides a basis for developing a theory of weakly nonlinear random waves in inhomogeneous media generalizing the theory of homogeneous wave turbulence.

Dr Yuri V Lvov 2008-07-08