Anomalous diffusion in fast cellular flows

Gautam Iyer, Carnegie Mellon
Fine Hall 322

In '53, GI Taylor estimated the effective dispersion rate of a solute diffusing in the presence of a laminar flow in a pipe. It turns out that the length scales involved in typical pipes are too short for Taylor's result to apply. The goal of my talk will be to establish a preliminary estimate for the effective dispersion rate in a model problem at time scales much shorter than those required in Taylor's result. Precisely, I will study a diffusive tracer in the presence of a fast cellular flow. The main result (joint with A. Novikov) shows that the variance at intermediate time scales is of order $\sqrt{t}$. This was conjectured by W. Young, and is consistent with an anomalous diffusive behaviour.