A bifurcation analysis is performed in the neighborhood of neutral stability for cross waves as a function of forcing, detuning, and viscous damping. A transition is seen from a subcritical to a supercritical bifurcation at a critical value of the detuning. The predicted hysteretic behavior is observed experimentally. A similarity scaling in the inviscid limit is also predicted. The experimentally observed bifurcation curves agree with this scaling.
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S. Lichter & A. J. Bernoff, "Stability of Steady Cross-waves: Theory and Experiment," Phys. Rev. A 37 (1988) 1663-1667.