Vortex Glass and Vortex Liquid in Oscillatory Media

Carolina Brito, Igor S. Aranson, Hugues Chaté

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We study the disordered, multispiral solutions of two-dimensional oscillatory media for parameter values at which the single-spiral/vortex solution is fully stable. Using the complex Ginzburg-Landau (CGLE) equation, we show that these states, heretofore believed to be static, actually evolve extremely slowly. This is achieved via a reduction of the CGLE to the evolution of the sole vortex coordinates. This true defect-mediated turbulence occurs in two distinct phases, a vortex liquid characterized by normal diffusion of spirals, and a slowly relaxing, intermittent, “vortex glass.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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