Addendum to 'Coherent Lagrangian vortices: The black holes of turbulence'

G. Haller, F. J. Beron-Vera

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In Haller & Beron-Vera (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 731, 2013, R4) we developed a variational principle for the detection of coherent Lagrangian vortex boundaries. The solutions of this variational principle turn out to be closed null geodesics of the Lorentzian metric induced by a generalized Green-Lagrange strain tensor family. This metric interpretation implies a mathematical analogy between coherent Lagrangian vortex boundaries and photon spheres in general relativity. Here, we give an improved discussion of this analogy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R3
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • geophysical and astrophysical flows
  • geostrophic turbulence
  • ocean circulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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