Characteristics of two-dimensional turbulence that self-organizes into vortex crystals

Dezhe Jin, Daniel H.E. Dubin

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Experiments have found that freely relaxing turbulence in inviscid, incompressible two-dimensional Euler flows can self-organize into ordered structures-vortex crystals-in which a number Nc˜2-20 of strong vortices form stable, rigidly rotating patterns in a low vorticity background. In this paper we show that Nc can be roughly predicted from properties of the flows in the early stage of the turbulent relaxation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1443-1446
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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