Daniel P. Lathrop
Department of Physics, University of Maryland
October 24, 2005
Foothills Laboratory 2, Room 1001
Laboratory models of astrophysical and geophysical turbulence
Turbulence occurs in the Earth's atmosphere and outer core, in the atmospheres of the other planets, and in the convective zones of stars including our sun. We probe aspects of the dynamics of these flows using experiments in liquid sodium, helium, nitrogen, and water (not of course mixed together!). The goal of these several experimental devices is to explore how turbulence interacts with rotation, magnetic fields or both.