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Luca Biferale  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 2. Dec 13, 14:00 
Nonlocal effects in 3D NavierStokes equations  
I will describe explorative numerical studies of NavierStokes 3D turbulence under different decimation, either based on the helical properties or on the number of degrees of freedom. Decimation local in Fourier space, leading to nonlocal couplings in real space.  

Laurent Chevillard  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 2. Dec 13, 15:15 
Non local nature of the vorticity strechting phenomenon, and applications for random velocity fields  
I will start reviewing a basic mechanism of the Euler equations, namely the vorticity stretching phenomenon which is non local in nature. Then, from there, I will make some approximations and heuristics in order to build up a realistic random velocity field able to reproduce not only the intermittency phenomenon, but also energy transfers. If some time is left, I will finally present several recent mathematical progresses in this direction.  

Rainer Grauer  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 2. Dec 13, 16:00 
Tuning the locality of the interaction in turbulence  
We introduce an evolution equation, where one can tune the interaction to be local in real space or rather local in Fourier space. In the one extreme (locality in real space) we recover the Burgers equation with its high degree of anomalous scaling whereas in the other extreme (nearly local in Fourier space) we obtain nearly perfect scale invariant turbulence without any intermittency. We calculate the extreme statistics of rare events using the instant on formalism to clarify the role of the nonlocal interactions.  

Bérengère Dubrulle  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 3. Dec 13, 10:00 
A zeromode mechanism for spontaneous symmetry breaking in a turbulent von Karman flow  
Spontaneous symmetry breaking is a classical phenomenon in statistical or particle physics, where specific tools have been designed to characterize and study it. Spontaneous symmetry breaking is also present in outofequilibrium systems, but there is at the present time no general theory to describe it in these systems. To help developing such a theory, it is therefore interesting to study wellcontrolled laboratory model of outof equilibrium spontaneous symmetry breaking. In that respect, the turbulent von Karman (VK) flow is an interesting example. In this system, the ow is forced by two counterrotating impellers, providing the necessary energy injection to set the system outofequilibrium. This energy is naturally dissipated through molecular viscosity, so that, for well controlled forcing protocols, statistically states can be established, that may be seen as the outofequilibrium counterpart of the equilibria of classical ideal systems [1, 2]. Changing the forcing protocol for the VK flow leads to various transitions with associated symmetry breaking. In the sequel, we focus on the special case of O(2) symmetry breaking, that has been reported in [3]. For exact counterrotation (zero relative rotation) of the impeller, the VK set up is exactly isomorphic to O(2)  which is the symmetry group of XYmodels [4] . Increasing the relative rotation between the two impellers, one induces an O(2) symmetry breaking, in analogy with an applied external magnetic field. Studying the flow response to this continuous symmetry breaking for a Reynolds number ranging from Re = 102 (laminar regime) to Re ' 106 (highly turbulent regime), Cortet et al. observe a divergence of the flow susceptibility around a critical Reynolds number Rec _ 40 000.This divergence coincides with intense fluctuations of the order parameter near Rec corresponding to timewandering of the flow between states which spontaneously and dynamically break the forcing symmetry. In this talk, we suggest that the dynamical spontaneous symmetry breaking reported in a turbulent swirling flow at Re = 40 000 by Cortet et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 214501 (2010) can be described through a continuous one parameter family transformation (amounting to a phase shift) of steady states. We investigate a possible mechanism of emergence of such spontaneous symmetry breaking in a toy model of our outequilibrium system, derived from its equilibrium counterpart. We show that the stationary states are solution of a linear differential equation. For a specific value of the Reynolds number, they are subject to a spontaneous symmetry breaking through a zeromode mechanism. The associated susceptibility diverges at the transition, in a way similar to what is observed in the experimental turbulent flow. Overall, the susceptibility of the toy model reproduces quite well the features of the experimental one, meaning that the zero mode mechanism is a good candidate to explain the experimental symmetry breaking.  

Koji Ohkitani  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 3. Dec 13, 11:15 
Remarks on the regularity for the NavierStokes equations: selfsimilarity and criticality revisited  
We consider the regularity issues of the NavierStokes equations in the whole space, centering on selfsimilarity and criticality (scaleinvariance). It is wellknown that energy is critical in 2D, enstrophy in 4D and a "helicitylike integral" in 3D. By using the critical conditions, we first give shortened proofs of absence of selfsimilar blowup, i.e., of the fact that Leray equations have trivial solutions only. After deriving nonsteady Leray equations by dynamic scaling transformations, we study how the longtime asymptotic behavior of their solutions can be consistent with absence of selfsimilar lowup. Finally, we compare time intervals in which blowup can possibly occur in 3D and 4D. We observe that i) the dangerous interval is smaller in size in 4D than in 3D and that ii) the median time, at which enstrophy is most seriously endangered, has the common scaling behavior.  

Jörg Schumacher  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 3. Dec 13, 12:00 
Universal fluctuations of velocity gradients and the onset of small scale intermittency  
One of the fundamental questions in turbulence research is the one on the universal properties that the variety of flows, which are sustained in a statistically stationary state by various large scale driving mechanisms, have in common. Rather than focusing on statistical analysis of the velocity in the inertial cascade range we resolve the velocity gradients in the crossover range from the inertial to the viscous range by means of very high resolution direct numerical simulations. In detail, we investigate the high order moments of velocity derivatives. At Reynolds numbers of about 100 their statistics switches from subGaussian or Gaussian regime to intermittent nonGaussian behavior. Above this transition point derivative moments follow the same scaling laws with respect to the Reynolds number. The exponents of the moments are found to agree with predictions by a theoretical framework. We compare therefore three different turbulent flows with an increasing degree of complexity: homogeneous isotropic box turbulence with periodic boundary conditions in all three directions, shear flow turbulence in a channel and turbulent convection in a closed cylindrical cell.  

Eberhard Bodenschatz  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 3. Dec 13, 14:15 
Results from the Goettingen Turbulence Facility  
I am going to talk about our newest results from windtunnel measurements. I will summarize our results on the Eulerian velocity structure function and the decay of turbulence from passive grids up to Reë ~ 1200. I shall also present results from the active grid turbulence generated in an open windtunnel and on the dependence of the turbulence statistics on the correlation of the active grid structure.  

Nicholas Ouellette  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 3. Dec 13, 15:00 
Hidden Ordering in the 2D Inverse Cascade  
The nonlinearity in the Navier Stokes equations directly leads to the interaction of wavenumber triads that couple dynamics on different length scales. In turbulence, these triads selforganize to produce a net transfer of energy from the scales at which it is injected into the flow to the scales at which it is dissipated. In two dimensions, this cascade drives energy from the forcing scale to larger length scales, where large scale friction damps the motion. Formally, the energy transfer between scales can be written as the inner product of a scaledependent turbulent stress with a large scale rate of strain. I will present recent results from a quasitwodimensional laboratory experiment that explore the geometric alignment of these two quantities, and I will show that the turbulent stress tensor undergoes an ordering transition at the onset of the inverse cascade. Our results suggest potential ways of thinking about spectral nonlocality in turbulence in terms of the relative geometry of turbulent stresses and strain rates.  

Alexander Schekochihin  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 4. Dec 13, 10:00 
Critical Balance as a Universal Scaling Conjecture and its Application to Rapidly Rotating and MHD Turbulence  
Rapidly rotating turbulence is arguably the simplest example, in a neutral fluid, of a system that supports anisotropically propagating waves as well as nonlinear interactions. I will argue that the (anisotropic) structure of this turbulence can be understood in terms of a scalebyscale balance between wave propagation and nonlinear decorrelation scales. What to an experimentalist looks like formation of Taylor columns, to an unreconstructed turbulence theoretician is an anisotropic energy cascade. I will show that within this framework, the isotropisation of the turbulence at the Zeman scale is a natural consequence of the way energy is transferred in and cross the direction of the axis of rotation [1]. Several existing experimental studies and very large numerical simulations suggest that these arguments are perhaps not without merit – and there is clear experimental opportunity and challenge to measure critical balance in the laboratory. I will argue that the principle of critical balance is universal to wavesupporting anisotropic systems and discuss the evidence for this claim from MHD and plasma turbulence systems [2,3,4] (even in messy environments like a tokamak [5]!). Time permitting, I will show some new MHD results that give critical balance a precise measurable statistical meaning [6] and also discuss the way a weakly turbulent system attains the critically balanced state [7] (here a degree of nonlocality will enter the otherwise unapologetically local picture).  

Sergey Nazarenko  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 4. Dec 13, 11:15 
Nonlocal Wave Turbulence  
I will present three examples of nonlocality arising in 2D MHD turbulence, geophysical betaplane turbulence and in smallscale superfluid turbulence dominated by Kelvin waves. These are examples where nonlocality leads to three different types of behavior, from changing the turbulent scalings to suppressing turbulence altogether by largescale shear.  

Alexandros Alexakis  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 4. Dec 13, 12:00 
Universality in MHD turbulence?  
In magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence several phenomenological theories exist debating for the interpretation of the power law of the energy spectrum. Numerical simulations to date are unable to provide a definitive answer to this scaling. Some direct numerical simulations (DNS) obtained energy spectra with k5/3 (Kolmogorov spectrum) while others k3/2 (IroshnikovKraichnan spectrum) or k2 (weak turbulence spectrum). Recently, simulations of zero flux MHD turbulence at 20483 resolution by Lee et al. 2010, Krstulovic et al. 2012 demonstrated all three exponents for different initial conditions/forcing functions of the magnetic field. The dependence of the scaling exponent on initial conditions suggests a possible lack of universality in MHD turbulence. Our work investigates this lack of universality. We focus on the origin of the k2 spectrum that can be clearly distinguished from the other two proposed exponents. Using numerical simulations of the same resolution (2048^3) we demonstrate (a) that the origin of the k2 spectrum is not weak turbulence, (b) the properties of the initial conditions that lead to such a spectrum, (c) its stability and (d) its final fate as the Reynolds number is increased. Thus, we determine if and at what Reynolds number the exponent becomes universal.  

Pierre Augier  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 4. Dec 13, 14:15 
Spectral analysis of nonlocal transfers in strongly stratified turbulence  
Turbulence strongly influenced by a stable density stratification is dominated by horizontal motions and structured in very thin horizontal layers with a characteristic thickness of the order of the buoyancy length scale Lb = U/N, where U is the characteristic horizontal velocity and N the BruntVäisälä frequency. The effect of this strong anisotropy in terms of nonlocal transfers will be discussed on the basis of results of high resolution numerical simulations. We will first focus on the nonlinear evolution of a counterrotating vortex pair in a stratified fluid. This flow has been extensively studied in particular because it is one of the simplest flow on which the zigzag instability develops and from which the buoyancy length scale naturally emerges as the vertical length. A spectral analysis shows that the transition to turbulence is dominated by two kinds of transfers: first, the shear instability induces a direct nonlocal transfer from the large scale towards horizontal wavelengths of the order of the buoyancy scale; second, the destabilization of the KelvinHelmholtz billows and the gravitational instability lead to smallscale weakly stratified turbulence. We will then present numerical results on forced stratified turbulence showing that such nonlocal transfers related to the anisotropy of the flow are also active in developed stratified turbulence.  

Noé Lahaye  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 4. Dec 13, 15:00 
Nonuniversality and nonlocality in rotating shallow water turbulence  
We report the results of highresolution numerical experiments on decaying turbulence in rotating shallow water model, which is a proxy to the largescale atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. We are using a newgeneration wellbalanced shockresolving finitevolume numerical scheme which resolves both vortex and wave components of the flow very well. We find clear deviations from the universal decay predictions in the vortex sector, known in the 2D turbulence, which is a limit of rotating shallow water turbulence at small Rossby numbers. The evolution is dominated by interacting coherent structures. We also observe strong departures from all theoretical predictions in the wave sector. In both sectors the energy spectra are very steep.  

Victor L`vov  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 5. Dec 13, 10:30 
Nonlocality of the energy transfer in superfluids and energy spectra of Kelvin waves  
In collaboration with L. Bou_e, R. Dasgupta, J. Laurie, S. Nazarenko, I. Procaccia and O. Rudenko Kelvin waves propagating on quantum vortices play a crucial role in the energy dissipation of superfluid turbulence. The physics of interacting Kelvin waves is highly nontrivial and cannot be understood on the basis of pure dimensional reasoning only. A consistent theory of Kelvin waves turbulence in superfluids should be based on explicit knowledge of the details of their interactions, presented in our Ref. [1]. In Ref. [2] we derive a type of kinetic equation for Kelvin waves on quantized vortex _laments with random largescale curvature, that describes stepbystep (local) energy cascade over scales caused by 4wave interactions. Resulting new energy spectrum ELN(k) ~ k5/3 replaced in a theory of superfluid turbulence the previously used KosikSvistunov spectrum EKS(k) ~ k7/5, which is inconsistent due to nonlocality of the 6wave energy cascade, as shown in [1]. We also show in Ref. [3] that the solution proposed in [2] enjoys existence, uniqueness and regularity of the prefactor. Furthermore, we present numerical results of the Local Nonlinear Equation (LNE) for the description of Kelvin waves in quantum turbulence. The LNE was systematically derived from the BiotSavart Equation in the limit of one long Kelvin wave  which was shown to be the main contribution to the Kelvin wave dynamics. We compare our results with the theoretical results from the proposed local and nonlocal theories for Kelvin wave dynamics and show an agreement with the nonlocal predictions. Previous theoretical studies have consistently focused on the zerotemperature limit of the statistical physics of Kelvinwave turbulence. In Ref. [4] we go beyond this athermal limit by introducing a small but finite temperature in the form of nonzero mutual friction dissipative force; a situation regularly encountered in actual experiments of superfluid turbulence. In this case we show that there exists a new typical length scale separating a quasiinertial range of Kelvinwave turbulence from a fardissipation range. The Letter [4] culminates with analytical predictions for the energy spectrum of the Kelvinwave turbulence in both of these regimes.  

Emmanuel Lévêque  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 5. Dec 13, 11:15 
Energy spectra and characteristics scales of quantum turbulence investigated by numerical simulations of the twofluid model  
Quantum turbulence at finite temperature (within the framework of the twofluid model) exhibits an “anormal” distribution of kinetic energy of its superfluid component at scales larger than the intervortex distance. This anormal behavior is consistent with a thermalization of superfluid excitations at small scales. An original phenomenological argument allows us to predict explicitly the extension of the thermalization range. It is predicted that this extension is independent of the Reynolds number, and scales as the inverse square root of the normal fluid fraction. The prediction is well supported by highresolution pseudospectral simulations of the two fluidmodel.  

Carter, Troy  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 24. Mar 14, 10:00 
Waves and instabilities in highbeta, magnetized laboratory plasmas  

Forest, Cary  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 24. Mar 14, 10:45 
Plasma dynamo: experimental prospects  

Rincon, Francois  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 24. Mar 14, 14:00 
Nonlinear evolution of the mirror mode  

Passot, Thierry  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 25. Mar 14, 10:00 
Landau fluid Alfvenic and mirror turbulence  

Dorland, William  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 25. Mar 14, 10:45 
Entropy cascade and the gyrofluid closure  

Schekochihin, Alexander  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 25. Mar 14, 14:00 
Plasma dynamo: models and speculations  

Kunz, Matthew  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 26. Mar 14, 10:00 
1) Nonlinear evolution and saturation of firehose and mirror instabilities 2) Kinetic MRI  

Rincon, Francois  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 26. Mar 14, 10:45 
Plasma dynamo: update on numerical simulations  

Matteini, Lorenzo  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 26. Mar 14, 14:00 
Temperature anisotropy instabilities driven by secondary species  

Jenko, Frank  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 27. Mar 14, 10:00 
Gyrokinetic turbulence in natural and laboratory plasmas  

Califano, Francesco  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 27. Mar 14, 10:45 
SubLarmor cascade in 2D  

Bale, Stuart  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 27. Mar 14, 14:00 
Modifications to the KAW heating rate due to bulk electronproton drift  

Komarov, Sergey  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 28. Mar 14, 10:00 
Flow of collisionless plasma past a gravitational well  

Chen, Christopher  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 28. Mar 14, 10:45 
Kineticscale turbulence in the solar wind  

Kunz, Matthew  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 28. Mar 14, 11:30 
Inertial range turbulence with anisotropic pressure  

Melville, Scott  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 28. Mar 14, 14:00 
Magneticfield evolution in a Braginskii plasma  

Daughton, Bill  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 31. Mar 14, 10:00 
Turbulent mixing of field lines in kinetic plasmas  

TenBarge, Jason  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 31. Mar 14, 10:45 
Collisionless reconnection in the large guide field regime: gyrokinetics versus particle in cell simulations  

Cowley, Steve  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Mon, 31. Mar 14, 14:00 
Flux tube eruptions  

Howes, Gregory  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 1. Apr 14, 10:00 
The role of Alfvenwave collisions in governing the dynamics of plasma turbulence  

Mallet, Alfred  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 1. Apr 14, 10:45 
Refined critical balance and intermittency in MHD turbulence  

Egedal, Jan  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Tue, 1. Apr 14, 14:00 
Pressure anisotropy in collisionless reconnection  

Howes, Gregory  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 2. Apr 14, 10:00 
Current sheets and Landau damping in kinetic plasma turbulence  

Loureiro, Nuno  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 2. Apr 14, 10:45 
Phase mixing and collisionless reconnection  

Parra, Felix  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Wed, 2. Apr 14, 11:30 
Lowfrequency kinetic MHD with FLR  

Told, Daniel  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 3. Apr 14, 10:00 
Gyrokinetic turbulence and reconnection studies employing GENE  

Schoeffler, Kevin  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Thu, 3. Apr 14, 10:45 
Magnetic field generation and amplification in an expanding plasma  

Barnes, Michael  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 4. Apr 14, 10:00 
Ion heating in GK turbulence  

Kanekar, Anjor  WPI, OMP 1, Seminar Room 08.135  Fri, 4. Apr 14, 10:45 
Kinetic passive scalar  

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