The kinetic equation for resonant three-wave coupling is solved exactly in the one-dimensional case assuming that only a single triplet of modes in interacting. No assumptions are made as to the froms of the interaction kernel or of the oscillation frequencies as functions of wave-number. Both positive- and negative- energy waves are allowed to be present simultaenously. In explosively unstable situations the time, t∞, for divergent behaviour to occur is calculated in terms of the interaction keral and intial conditions. In situations where the system is non-linearly stable, the density of quasi-particles is found to tend time-asymptotically to a steady state which depends in detail on the initial preparation of the system.
For the case of two or three dimensions, the asymptotic state is obtained when the system is stable, the k-space is finite, and only one triplet of modes interact. If these modes all have the same sign of energy, the Rayleigh—Jeans distribution is valid; but if one of the modes has the oppsoite sign of energy, an additional conservation law leads to a modification of the Rayleigh-Jeans distribution.