Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1211.4560 (Joris Vankerschaver et al.)

A novel formulation of point vortex dynamics on the sphere: geometrical
and numerical aspects

Joris Vankerschaver, Melvin Leok
In this paper, we present a novel Lagrangian formulation of the equations of motion for point vortices on the unit 2-sphere. We show first that no linear Lagrangian formulation exists directly on the 2-sphere but that a Lagrangian may be constructed by pulling back the dynamics to the 3-sphere by means of the Hopf fibration. We then use the isomorphism of the 3-sphere with the Lie group SU(2) to derive a variational Lie group integrator for point vortices which is symplectic, second-order, and preserves the unit-length constraint. At the end of the paper, we compare our integrator with classical fourth-order Runge--Kutta, the second-order midpoint method, and a standard Lie group Munthe-Kaas method.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.4560

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