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Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 53, Issue 1–2, pp 77–94 | Cite as

The effects of thermal noise in a Rayleigh-Benard cell near its first convective instability

  • H. van Beijeren
  • E. G. D. Cohen
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Abstract

Recent experiments by Meyeret al. on the onset of convection in a Rayleigh-Benard cell near the first convective instability can be described as being caused by random noise terms in the currents of heat and momentum, but the amplitude of these terms turns out to be about 105 times as large as would follow from standard fluctuating hydrodynamics.

Key words

Rayleigh-Benard cell fluctuating hydrodynamics convection onset of pattern formation 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. van Beijeren
    • 1
  • E. G. D. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of UtrechtTA UtrechtThe Netherlands

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