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