Dynamics of vortex lines in the three-dimensional complex ginzburg-landau equation: instability, stretching, entanglement, and helices

I. S. Aranson, A. R. Bishop, L. Kramer

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Abstract

The dynamics of curved vortex filaments is studied analytically and numerically in the framework of a three-dimensional complex Ginzburg-Landau equation (CGLE). It is shown that a straight vortex line is unstable with respect to spontaneous stretching and bending in a substantial range of parameters of the CGLE, resulting in formation of persistent entangled vortex configurations. The boundary of the three-dimensional instability in parameter space is determined. Near the stability boundary, the supercritical saturation of the instability is found, resulting in the formation of stable helicoidal vortices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5276-5286
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Volume57
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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