Chaotic spatiotemporal patterns can have highly ordered time averages. This fact is demonstrated for Faraday waves by averaging shadowgraph images. The averages exhibit box quantization effects, and their spatial form is similar to that predicted for patterns near onset, despite the large fluctuations. Patches of the disordered instantaneous patterns retain significant phase coherence with the ordered averages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2034-2037
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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