Flow Over a Delta Wing

Fluorescent dye illuminated by laser light shows the formation and structure of vortices on a delta wing. A vortex rolls up along each leading edge, helping to generate lift on the triangular wing. As the vortices leave the wing, their structure becomes even more complicated, full of lacy wisps of vorticity that interact. Note how, by the right side of the photo, the vortices are beginning to draw closer together. This is an early part of the large-wavelength Crow instability. Much further downstream, the two vortices will reconnect and break down into a series of large rings. (Photo credit: G. Miller and C. Williamson)

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