A note on the vorticity expulsion hypothesis

P. A. Strittmatter, G. Illingworth, K. C. Freeman

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The astrophysical importance of the hypothesis that vorticity is expelled from regions of strong turbulence is briefly reviewed. An experiment from which Gough & Lynden-Bell claimed to provide positive evidence of vorticity expulsion has been repeated. The results are reproduced here and are shown to be due to thermally driven circulation currents. No unambiguous laboratory evidence for (or against) the vorticity expulsion hypothesis therefore exists at present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-544
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 16 1970

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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