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A turbulent paradox: the unexpected link between two unsolved problems in physics unveiled

20 September 2022
The study has recently been published in Physical Review Letters

Some of the physical phenomena that we encounter in our daily lives are still not fully understood. A prime example is turbulence in fluids. The complexity of turbulence, which is described by the Navier-Stokes equations governing fluid dynamics, is one of the problems of the millennium. Another example of an open problem is the approach to thermodynamic equilibrium in isolated systems. A new collaborative study between SISSA and the University of Padua, published in Physical Review Letters, analyses in detail a previously unknown link between these two types of phenomena and could open up new avenues for understanding them.