Onset of Turbulence in a Rotating Fluid

Author :J.P. Gollub and Harry L. Swinney
Publication :Physical Review Letters
Volume :35
Number :14
Pages :927-930
Year :1975

Light-scattering measurements of the time-dependent local radial velocity in a rotating fluid reveal three distinct transitions as the Reynolds number is increased, each of which adds a new frequency to the velocity spectrum.  At a higher, sharply defined Reynolds number all discrete spectral peaks suddenly disappear.  Our observations disagree with the Landau picture of the onset of turbulence, but are perhaps consistent with proposals of Ruelle and Takens.