Spiegelgasse 5, Lecture Room 05.002
BZ Seminar in Analysis: Michele Coti Zelati (Imperial College London)
We study diffusion and mixing in the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations and related scalar models. In this setting, mixing is a purely advective effect which causes a transfer of energy to high frequency. In turn, mixing acts to enhance the dissipative forces, giving rise to what we refer to as enhanced dissipation: this can be understood by the identification of a time-scale faster than the purely diffusive one. This talk is based on two recently obtained results: (1) a general quantitative criterion that links mixing rates (in terms of decay of negative Sobolev norms) to enhanced dissipation time-scales, and (2) a precise identification of the enhanced dissipation time-scale for the Navier-Stokes equations linearized around the Poiseuille flow, along with metastability results and nonlinear transition stability thresholds.
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