Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 94, Issue 5–6, pp 759–777 | Cite as

Dissipation Statistics of a Passive Scalar in a Multidimensional Smooth Flow

  • Andrea Gamba
  • Igor V. Kolokolov


We compute analytically the probability distribution function \(P\)(ε) of the dissipation field ε=(∇θ)2 of a passive scalar θ advected by a d-dimensional random flow, in the limit of large Peclet and Prandtl numbers (Batchelor–Kraichnan regime). The tail of the distribution is a stretched exponential: for ε→∞, ln \(P\)(ε)∼−(d2ε)1/3.

dissipation statistics passive scalar turbulence intermittency functional integral 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Gamba
    • 1
  • Igor V. Kolokolov
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Budker InstituteNovosibirskRussia

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