Thursday, June 14, 2012

1206.2750 (Geoffrey L. Sewell)

Macrostatistics and Fluctuating Hydrodynamics    [PDF]

Geoffrey L. Sewell
We extend our earlier macrostatistical treatment of hydrodynamical fluctuations about nonequilibrium steady states to viscous fluids. Since the scale dependence of the Navier-Stokes equations precludes the applicability of any infinite scale (hydrodynamical) limit, this has to be based on the generic model of a large but finite system, rather than an infinite one. On this basis, together with assumptions of Onsager's regression hypothesis and conditions of local equilibrium and chaoticity, we show that the hydrodynamical fluctuations of a reservoir driven fluid about a nonequilibrium steady state execute a Gaussian Markov process that constitutes a mathematical structure for a generalised version of Landau's fluctuating hydrodynamics and generically carries long range spatial correlations.
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