Reentrant and whirling hexagons in non-Boussinesq convection

S. Madruga*, H. Riecke

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We review recent computational results for hexagon patterns innon-Boussinesq convection. For sufficiently strong dependence of the fluid parameters on the temperature we find reentrance of steady hexagons, i.e. while near onset the hexagon patterns become unstable to rolls as usually, they become again stable in the strongly nonlinear regime. If the convection apparatus is rotated about avertical axis the transition from hexagons to rolls is replaced by aHopf bifurcation to whirling hexagons. For weak non-Boussinesq effects they display defect chaos of the type described by the two-dimensional (2D)complex Ginzburg-Landau equation. For stronger non-Boussinesq effectsthe Hopf bifurcation becomes subcritical and localized bursting of the whirling amplitude is found. In this regime the coupling of the whirling amplitude to (small) deformations of the hexagon lattice becomes important. For yet stronger non-Boussinesq effects this coupling breaks up the hexagon lattice and strongly disordered states characterized by whirling and lattice defects are obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-290
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Physical Journal: Special Topics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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