University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Kahler geometry and Burgers' vortices

Roulstone, I, Banos, B, Gibbon, JD and Roubtsov, V (2009) Kahler geometry and Burgers' vortices Proceedings of Ukrainian National Academy Mathematics, 16 (2). 303 - 321.


Download (175kB)


We study the Navier-Stokes and Euler equations of incompressible hydrodynamics in two spatial dimensions. Taking the divergence of the momentum equation leads, as usual, to a Poisson equation for the pressure: in this paper we study this equation using Monge-Amp`ere structures. In two dimensional flows where the laplacian of the pressure is positive, a K¨ahler geometry is described on the phase space of the fluid; in regions where the laplacian of the pressure is negative, a product structure is described. These structures can be related to the ellipticity and hyperbolicity (respectively) of a Monge-Amp`ere equation. We then show how this structure can be extended to a class of canonical vortex structures in three dimensions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 13:18
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:57

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800