Accession Number : AD0699398

Title :   THE INTERPRETATION OF CROSSED ORTHOGONALS IN WAVE REFRACTION PHENOMENA.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : CORPS OF ENGINEERS WASHINGTON D C BEACH EROSION BOARD

Personal Author(s) : Pierson,Willard J. , Jr

Report Date : JAN 1951

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : The theory of wave refraction is critically reviewed. The analogy between wave refraction theory and geometrical optics is described. Analytical examples of caustic curves are given, and it is shown that the theory of wave refraction as based upon geometrical optics fails at the caustic and leads to the conclusion that the waves become infinitely high.

Descriptors :   (*BEACHES, EROSION), (*OCEAN WAVES, REFRACTION), PHASE SHIFT CIRCUITS, OPTICS, GEOMETRY

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE