Two-dimensional vortex crystals

Dezhe Jin, D. H.E. Dubin

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Magnetically confined pure electron columns evolve as nearly inviscid, incompressible two-dimensional (2-D) fluids. Experiments on these columns have found that the decay of 2-D turbulence leads to spontaneous formation of 'vortex crystals,' which are symmetric arrays of strong vortices within a background of lower vorticity. These vortex crystals can be described as maximum fluid entropy states for a system with an ergodically mixed background and a conserved number of strong vortices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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