Imaging of intermittency in ripple-wave turbulence

William B. Wright, R. Budakian, D. J. Pine, S. J. Putterman

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Abstract

The dynamics of a fluid surface filled with high-amplitude ripples were studied with a technique (diffusing light photography) that resolves the height at all locations instantaneously. Even when nonlinearities are strong enough to generate a (Kolmogorov) cascade from long wavelength (where energy is input) to shorter wavelength, the resulting turbulent state contains large coherent spatial structures. The appearance of these structures in a thermal equilibrium state (with the same average energy) would be highly improbable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1609-1612
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume278
Issue number5343
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 1997

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    Wright, W. B., Budakian, R., Pine, D. J., & Putterman, S. J. (1997). Imaging of intermittency in ripple-wave turbulence. Science, 278(5343), 1609-1612. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.278.5343.1609