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Subcritical turbulent condensate in rapidly rotating Rayleigh-Bénard convection

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Benjamin Favier, Dr Celine Guervilly

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Abstract

The possibility of subcritical behaviour in the geostrophic turbulence regime of rapidly rotating thermally driven convection is explored. In this regime a non-local inverse energy transfer may compete with the more traditional and local direct cascade. We show that, even for control parameters for which no inverse cascade has previously been observed, a subcritical transition towards a large-scale vortex state can occur when the system is initialized with a vortex dipole of finite amplitude. This new example of bistability in a turbulent flow, which may not be specific to rotating convection, opens up new avenues for studying energy transfer in strongly anisotropic three-dimensional flows.


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Author(s): Favier B, Guervilly C, Knobloch E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Year: 2019

Volume: 864

Print publication date: 10/04/2019

Online publication date: 07/02/2019

Acceptance date: 08/01/2019

Date deposited: 06/02/2019

ISSN (print): 0022-1120

ISSN (electronic): 1469-7645

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2019.58

DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2019.58


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