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Observations of free and bound gravity-capillary waves

Klinke, Jochen; Jähne, Bernd; Long, S. R.

We report measurements of parasitic capillary waves generated by wind as well as
by mechanically generated gravity waves. The experiments were conducted the
NASA Air-Sea Interaction Facility at Wallops Flight Facility (Wallops Island,
VA). An imaging slope gauge was used to collect the alongwind component of the
surface slope at sampling rates of up to 120 Hz for fetches of 5m and 10m and with
wind speeds ranging from 5 to 12 m/s. In addition, mechanically generated gravity
waves with frequencies of 0.9 Hz were superimposed on the wind waves.

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