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Modal Projection for Quasi-Homogeneous Anisotropic Turbulence


This article, or essay, addresses the anisotropic structure and the dynamics of quasi-homogeneous, incompressible turbulence. Modal projection and expansions in terms of spherical harmonics in three-dimensional Fourier space are in line with a seminal study by Jack Herring, around the so-called Craya–Herring frame of reference, with a large review of the related approaches to date. The research part is focused on structure and dynamics of rotating sheared turbulence, including a description of both directional and polarization anisotropy with a minimal number of modes. Effort is made to generalize expansions in terms of scalar spherical harmonics (SSHs) to vector spherical harmonics (VSHs). Looking at stochastic fields, for possibly intermittent vector fields, some directions are explored to reconcile modal projection, firstly used for smooth vector fields, and multifractal approaches for internal intermittency but far beyond scalar correlations, such as structure functions. In order to illustrate turbulence from Earth to planets, stars, and galaxies, applications to geophysics and astrophysics are touched upon, with generalization to coupled vector fields (for kinetic, magnetic, and potential energies), possibly dominated by waves (Coriolis, gravity, and Alfvén).
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Ying Zhu, Claude Cambon. Modal Projection for Quasi-Homogeneous Anisotropic Turbulence. Atmosphere, 2023, 14 (8), pp.1215. ⟨10.3390/atmos14081215⟩. ⟨hal-04201636⟩
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