American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

April  2022, 9(2): 279-298. doi: 10.3934/jcd.2021028

An algebraic approach to the spontaneous formation of spherical jets

 CRM Ennio De Giorgi, Collegio Puteano, Scuola Normale Superiore Piazza dei Cavalieri, 3, Pisa, I-56100, Italy

Received  April 2021 Revised  October 2021 Published  April 2022 Early access  December 2021

The global structure of the atmosphere and the oceans is a continuous source of intriguing challenges in geophysical fluid dynamics (GFD). Among these, jets are determinant in the air and water circulation around the Earth. In the last fifty years, thanks to the development of more and more precise and extensive observations, it has been possible to study in detail the atmospheric formations of the giant-gas planets in the solar system. For those planets, jets are the dominant large scale structure. Starting from the 70s, various theories combining observations and mathematical models have been proposed in order to describe their formation and stability. In this paper, we propose a purely algebraic approach to describe the spontaneous formation of jets on a spherical domain. Analysing the algebraic properties of the 2D Euler equations, we give a characterization of the different jets' structures. The calculations are performed starting from the discrete Zeitlin model of the Euler equations. For this model, the classification of the jets' structures can be precisely described in terms of reductive Lie algebras decomposition. The discrete framework provides a simple tool for analysing both from a theoretical and and a numerical perspective the jets' formation. Furthermore, it allows to extend the results to the original Euler equations.

Citation: Milo Viviani. An algebraic approach to the spontaneous formation of spherical jets. Journal of Computational Dynamics, 2022, 9 (2) : 279-298. doi: 10.3934/jcd.2021028
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Example of a decomposition of $\mathfrak{D}(7, 3)$ as explained in Step 1, where the symbols $\lbrace*, x, = \rbrace$ denote the only possible non-zero entries
Ratio of the energy of the diagonal components and total energy of $W$ at $t = t_0, (t_{end}+t_0)/2, t_{end}$. This values clearly show the evolution of the fluid into a quasi-zonal state
Values of the variables appearing in the inequalities (13) at $t = t_0, (t_{end}+t_0)/2, t_{end}$, for the same simulation of Figure 5
Values of the variables appearing in the inequalities (14) at $t = t_0, (t_{end}+t_0)/2, t_{end}$, for the same simulation of Figure 5
The vorticity fields $W, W_s$ at $t = t_0$ and $t = t_{end}$, in $\mathfrak{D}(257, 3)$
The vorticity fields $W, W_s$ at $t = t_0$ and $t = t_{end}$, in $\mathfrak{D}(257, 7)$
The vorticity fields $W, W_s$ at $t = t_0$ and $t = t_{end}$, in $\mathfrak{D}(257, 11)$
The vorticity fields $W, W_s$ at $t = t_0$ and $t = t_{end}$, in $\mathfrak{D}(257, 17)$
Illustration of Theorem 4.2 and Remark 3 in $\mathfrak{D}(257, 3)$ for vorticity fields $W_{86, 1}, W_{86, 2}, W_{85, 1}$ at $t = t_0$ and $t = t_{end}$
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