The stability theory for rolls in stress-free convection at finite Prandtl number is affected by coupling with low wavenumber two-dimensional mean-flow modes. In this work, a set of modified Ginzburg-Landau equations describing the onset of convection is derived which accounts for these additional modes. These equations can be used to extend the modulation equations of Zippelius & Siggia describing the breakup of rolls, bringing their stability theory into agreement with the results of Busse & Bolton.
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Andrew J. Bernoff (1994). Finite amplitude convection between stress-free boundaries; Ginzburg–Landau equations and modulation theory. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 5, pp 267-282. doi:10.1017/S0956792500001467.