Modulated rotating convection: Radially travelling concentric rolls

A. Rubio, Juan Lopez, F. Marques

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Recent experiments in rotating convection have shown that the spatio-temporal bulk convective state with Küppers-Lortz dynamics can be suppressed by small-amplitude modulations of the rotation rate. The resultant axisymmetric pulsed target patterns were observed to develop into axisymmetric travelling target patterns as the modulation amplitude and Rayleigh number were increased. Using the Navier-Stokes-Boussinesq equations with physical boundary conditions, we are able to numerically reproduce the experimental results and gain physical insight into the responsible mechanism, relating the onset of the travelling target patterns to a symmetry-restoring saddle-node on an invariant circle bifurcation. Movies are available with the online version of the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-378
Number of pages22
Journaljournal of fluid mechanics
StatePublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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