Steven Tomsovic

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Recent results relating to ray dynamics in ocean acoustics are reviewed. Attention is focused on long-range propagation in deep ocean environments. For this class of problems, the ray equations may be simplified by making use of a one-way formulation in which the range variable appears as the independent (timelike) variable. Topics discussed include(More)
Several acoustic experiments show a surprising degree of stability in wave fronts propagating over multi-megameter ranges through the ocean's sound channel despite the presence of random-like, sound-speed fluctuations. Previous works have pointed out the existence of chaos in simplified ray models incorporating structure inspired by the true ocean(More)
The sensitivity of a wave field's evolution to small perturbations is of fundamental interest. For chaotic systems, there are two distinct regimes of either exponential or Gaussian overlap decay in time. We develop a semiclassical approach for understanding both regimes and give a simple expression for the crossover time between the regimes. The wave(More)
A ray-based wave-field description is employed in the interpretation of broadband basin-scale acoustic propagation measurements obtained during the Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate program's 1994 Acoustic Engineering Test. Acoustic observables of interest are wavefront time spread, probability density function (PDF) of intensity, vertical extension of(More)
Over the preceeding twenty years, the role of underlying classical dynamics in quantum mechanical tunneling has received considerable attention. A number of new tunneling phenomena have been uncovered that have been directly linked to the set of dynamical possibilities arising in simple systems that contain at least some chaotic motion. These tunneling(More)
In a previous paper [Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 4158 (1996)], a new correlation measure was introduced that sensitively probes phase space localization properties of eigenstates. It is based on a system's response to varying an external parameter. The measure correlates level velocities with overlap intensities between the eigenstates and some localized state of(More)
Generic 2D Hamiltonian systems possess partial barriers in their chaotic phase space that restrict classical transport. Quantum mechanically, the transport is suppressed if Planck's constant h is large compared to the classical flux, h>>Φ, such that wave packets and states are localized. In contrast, classical transport is mimicked for h<<Φ. Designing a(More)
Recent results relating to ray dynamics in ocean acoustics are reviewed. Attention is focussed on long-range propagation in deep ocean environments. For this class of problems, the ray equations may be simplified by making use of a one-way formulation in which the range variable appears as the independent (time-like) variable. Topics discussed include(More)
In a recent letter [Hegewisch and Tomsovic, Europhys. Lett. 97, 34002 (2012)], random matrix theory is introduced for long-range acoustic propagation in the ocean. The theory is expressed in terms of unitary propagation matrices that represent the scattering between acoustic modes due to sound speed fluctuations induced by the ocean's internal waves. The(More)