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High wavenumber spectrum of a passive scalar in isotropic turbulence. (English) Zbl 0596.76067
Summary: The time-dependent solution is found for R. H. Kraichnan’s random- straining model [J. Fluid Mech. 64, 737-762 (1974; Zbl 0291.76022)] of the viscous-diffusive subrange. Temporal decay increases very rapidly with increasing spatial dimension. The Batchelor spectrum is recovered as the conditional variance of spectral amplitudes in excess of a threshold value. A by-product of the analysis is a trivial derivation of the inversion theorem for the Kontorovich-Lebedev transform.
MSC:
76F05 Isotropic turbulence; homogeneous turbulence
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