Route to vortex reconnection

A. T.A.M. De Waele*, R. G.K.M. Aarts

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The behavior of two antiparallel vortices of equal strength, moving in an ideal fluid, is studied numerically. The system is unstable and after a transient period two points of the vortices collide. On their way to the collision the two vortices form a pyramidal structure which is independent of the initial conditions. The connection process tends to follow a universal route for all kinds of initial vortex-antivortex arrangements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-485
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


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