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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 8 (1985), Issue 1, Pages 93-107

Dispersive waves and caustics

Department of Engineering Science, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania 18042, USA

Received 30 November 1984

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The Lagrange manifold (WKB) formalism enables the determination of the asymptotic series solution of linear, non-dispersive wave equations at turning points. The formalism is adapted to include those equations which model dispersive waves.