Dissipative structures and weak turbulence

  • Paul Manneville
Part I: Lectures
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 457)


We present a brief overview of the current understanding of temporal and spatio-temporal chaos, both termed weak turbulence according to the context [1]. The process which allows one to reduce the primitive problem to a low-dimensional dynamical system is discussed. It turns out to be appropriate as long as confinement effects are sufficiently strong to freeze the space dependence of unstable modes, hence temporal chaos only. Otherwise modulated patterns arise, yielding genuine space-time chaos. The corresponding theory rests on envelope equations providing a useful framework for weak turbulence in a globally super-critical setting. spatio-temporal intermittency analyzed next is the relevant scenario in the sub-critical case. Finally, the connection with hydrodynamic turbulence and the more general relevance of some of the ideas developed here are examined.


Unstable Mode Strange Attractor Dissipative Structure Secondary Instability Weak Turbulence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Manneville
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  1. 1.LadHyXÉcole PolytechniquePalaiseauFrance
  2. 2.Service de Physique de l'État CondenséCentre d'Études de SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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