Phase Turbulence, Spatiotemporal Intermittency and Coherent Structures

  • Hugues Chaté
  • Basil Nicolaenko
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 237)


The essentially spatiotemporal dynamics of extended physical systems is still poorly understood. Indeed, in spite of the success of dynamical systems theory to explain the deterministic chaos occurring in confined situations, this approach is unable to handle the complex behaviors appearing when the spatial structure is not frozen. From this point of view, turbulence may be seen as the ultimate complex system, and it seems interesting to study models of extended systems somewhat “simpler” than the Navier-Stokes equations but nevertheless retaining some of the essential physics of the problem.


Coherent Structure Dynamical System Theory Continuous Phase Transition Intermittent Regime Phase Turbulence 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugues Chaté
    • 1
    • 2
  • Basil Nicolaenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Nonlinear Studies and Theoretical DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA
  2. 2.Institut de Recherche FondamentaleDPh-G/PSRM, CEN-SaclayGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance

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