A Celebration of Philip Marcus’ 36 Years at Berkeley and 72 Years on Planet Earth

The celebratory festival honoring Prof. Philip Marcus’ 36 years at UC Berkeley and 72 years on Planet Earth was successfully held on December 8-9, 2023, at Etcheverry Hall, UC Berkeley—the home of the UC Berkeley Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab.

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Is Not Dying

Observation shows that the cloud we saw on the Great Red Spot is shrinking these days. Our group believe that the cloud shrinking doesn’t means that the vortex Great Red Spot is dying. Our research was widely reported after the 72nd Annual meeting of the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics (2019).

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Zombie Vortices

“Because the vortices arise from these dead zones, and because new generations of giant vortices march across these dead zones, we affectionately refer to them as ‘zombie vortices,’” said Marcus. “Zombie vortices destabilize the orbiting gas, which allows it to fall onto the protostar and complete its formation.”

SciTechDaily – Zombie Vortices / UC Berkeley News