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Publications [#244149] of Stephanos Venakides

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  1. Georgieva, A; Kriecherbauer, T; Venakides, S, Wave propagation and resonance in a one-dimensional nonlinear discrete periodic medium, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, vol. 60 no. 1 (1999), pp. 272-294
    (last updated on 2018/03/22)

    We consider wave propagation in a nonlinear infinite diatomic chain of particles as a discrete model of propagation in a medium whose properties vary periodically in space. The particles have alternating masses M1 and M2 and interact in accordance to a general nonlinear force F acting between the nearest neighbors. Their motion is described by the system of equations qqn = 1/M1(F(yn-1-yn)-F(yn-yn+1)), qqn+1 = 1/M2(F(yn-yn+1)-F(yn+1-yn+2)), where {yn}n = -∞∞ is the position of the nth particle. Using Fourier series methods and tools from bifurcation theory, we show that, for nonresonant wave-numbers k, this system admits nontrivial small-amplitude traveling wave solutions g and h, depending only on the linear combination z = kn-ωt. We determine the nonlinear dispersion relation. We also show that the system sustains binary oscillations with arbitrarily large amplitude.
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