Tuesday, May 7, 2013

1305.0850 (Wlad Lyra)

Elliptic and magneto-elliptic instabilities of disk vortices    [PDF]

Wlad Lyra
Vortices are the fundamental units of turbulent flow. Understanding their stability properties therefore provides fundamental insights on the nature of turbulence itself. In this contribution I briefly review the phenomenological aspects of the instability of elliptic streamlines, in the hydro (elliptic instability) and hydromagnetic (magneto-elliptic instability) regimes. Vortex survival in disks is a balance between vortex destruction by these mechanisms, and vortex production by others, namely, the Rossby wave instability and the baroclinic instability.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.0850

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