We consider the decay at high wavenumbers of the energy spectrum for weak solutions to the three-dimensional forced Navier-Stokes equation in the whole space. We observe that known regularity criteria imply that solutions are regular if the energy density decays at a sufficiently fast rate. This result applies also to a class of solutions with infinite global energy by localizing the Navier-Stokes equation. We consider certain modified Leray backward self-similar solutions, which belong to this class, and show that their energy spectrum decays at the critical rate for regularity. Therefore, this rate of decay is consistent with the appearance of an isolated self-similar singularity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics
- General Physics and Astronomy
- Applied Mathematics