Towards optimal advection using stretch-maximizing stream surfaces
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We investigate a class of stream surfaces that expand in time as much as possible. Given a vector field, we look for seed curves that locally propagate in time in a stretch-maximizing manner, i.e., curves that infinitesimally expand most progressively. We show that such a curve is generically unique at every point in an incompressible flow and offers a very good initial guess for a stretch-maximizing stream surface. With the application of efficient fluid advection-diffusion in mind, we optimize fluid injection towards optimal advection and show several examples on benchmark datasets.