H. Arbell and J. Fineberg
Institute of Physics, The Hebrew
Received 19 May 1999
Two-mode rhomboid patterns are generated experimentally via two-frequency parametric forcing of surface waves. These patterns are formed by the simple nonlinear resonance: k→2′-k→2 = k→1 where k1 and k2( = k2′) are concurrently excited eigenmodes. The state possesses a direction-dependent time dependence described by a superposition of the two modes, and a dimensionless scaling delineating the state's region of existence is presented. We also show that 2n-fold quasipatterns naturally arise from these states when the coupling angle between k→2 and k→2′ is 2π/n.