Vortex Reconnection and Turbulence Cascade

Jie Yao, Fazle Hussain

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As a fundamental topology-transforming event, reconnection plays a significant role in the dynamics of plasmas, polymers, DNA, and fluids-both (classical) viscous and quantum. Since the 1994 review by Kida & Takaoka, substantial advances have been made on this topic. We review recent studies of vortex reconnection in (classical) viscous flows, including the physical mechanism, its relationship to turbulence cascade, the formation of a finite-time singularity, helicity dynamics, and aeroacoustic noise generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-347
Number of pages31
JournalAnnual Review of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - 2021


  • aeroacoustic noise
  • finite-time singularity
  • helicity dynamics
  • turbulence cascade
  • vortex reconnection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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