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Quasi-Gaussian statistics of hydrodynamic turbulence in 4 / 3 +epsilon dimensions.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical review letters
Publication Date
Volume
89
Issue
6
Pages
64501–64501
Identifiers
PMID: 12190586
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The statistics of two-dimensional turbulence exhibit a riddle: the scaling exponents in the regime of inverse energy cascade agree with the K41 theory of turbulence far from equilibrium, but the probability distribution functions are close to Gaussian-like in equilibrium. The skewness S identical with S3(R)/S(3/2)(2)(R) was measured as S (exp) approximately 0.03. This contradiction is lifted by understanding that two-dimensional turbulence is not far from a situation with equipartition of enstrophy, which exists as true thermodynamic equilibrium with K41 exponents in space dimension of d= 4 / 3. We evaluate the skewness S( d) for 4 / 3 < or =d< or =2, showing that S(d)=0 at d= 4 / 3, and that it remains as small as S (exp) in two dimensions.

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