Log-Correlated Large-Deviation Statistics Governing Huygens Fronts in Turbulence

  • Jackson R. Mayo
  • Alan R. KersteinEmail author


Analyses have disagreed on whether the velocity \(u_T\) of bulk advancement of a Huygens front in turbulence vanishes or remains finite in the limit of vanishing local front propagation speed \(u_0\). Here, a connection to the large-deviation statistics of log-correlated random processes enables a definitive determination of the correct small-\(u_0\) asymptotics. This result reconciles several theoretical and phenomenological perspectives with the conclusion that \(u_T\) remains finite for vanishing \(u_0\), which implies a propagation anomaly akin to the energy-dissipation anomaly in the limit of vanishing viscosity. Various leading-order structural properties such as a novel \(u_0\) dependence of a bulk length scale associated with front geometry are predicted in this limit. The analysis involves a formal analogy to random advection of diffusive scalars.


Front propagation Turbulence 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.DanvilleUSA

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