The stability of periodic travelling waves on fluid of infinite depth is examined in the presence of a constant background shear field. The effects of gravity and surface tension are ignored. The base waves are described by an exact solution that was discovered recently by Hur and Wheeler (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 896, 2020). Linear growth rates are calculated using both an asymptotic approach valid for small-amplitude waves and a numerical approach based on a collocation method. Both superharmonic and subharmonic perturbations are considered. Instability is shown to occur for any non-zero amplitude wave.
- waves/free-surface flows