Thèse de l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, soutenue le 24 novembre 2006.
The dynamics of atmosphere and ocean is strongly influenced by their stratification, that allows the propagation of internal gravity waves. Those waves interact with topography, leading both to their generation and dissipation, and play a key role in the global energy budget of the Earth.
We designed a syntehic schlieren setup to visualize those waves, and led large scale experiments on internal waves critical reflection. We also designed a novel internal waves generator.