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Exponential self-similar mixing by incompressible flows

Alberti, Giovanni and Crippa, Gianluca and Mazzucato, Anna L.. (2019) Exponential self-similar mixing by incompressible flows. Journal of the American Mathematical Society, 32 (2). pp. 445-490.

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Abstract

We study the problem of the optimal mixing of a passive scalar under the action of an incompressible flow in two space dimensions. The scalar solves the continuity equation with a divergence-free velocity field, which satisfies a bound in the Sobolev space Ws,p, where s ≥ 0 and 1 ≤ p ≤ ∞. The mixing properties are given in terms of a characteristic length scale, called the mixing scale. We consider two notions of mixing scale, one functional, expressed in terms of the homogeneous Sobolev norm H−1, the other geometric, related to rearrangements of sets. We study rates of decay in time of both scales under self-similar mixing. For the case s = 1 and 1 ≤ p ≤ ∞ (including the case of Lipschitz continuous velocities, and the case of physical interest of enstrophy-constrained flows), we present examples of velocity fields and initial configurations for the scalar that saturate the exponential lower bound, established in previous works, on the time decay of both scales. We also present several consequences for the geometry of regular Lagrangian flows associated to Sobolev velocity fields.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Mathematik und Informatik > Mathematik > Analysis (Crippa)
UniBasel Contributors:Crippa, Gianluca
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Mathematical Society (AMS)
ISSN:0498-1707
e-ISSN:1088-6834
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:12 Feb 2019 09:55
Deposited On:12 Feb 2019 09:55

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