Recent developments of burst-mode lasers and imaging systems have opened new realms of simultaneous diagnostics for velocity and density fields at a rate of 1 kHz–1 MHz. These enable the exploration of previously unimaginable shock-driven turbulent flow fields that are of significant importance to problems in high-energy density physics. The current work presents novel measurements using simultaneous measurements of velocity and scalar fields at 60 kHz to investigate Richtmyer-Meshkov instability (RMI) in a spatio-temporal approach. The evolution of scalar fields and the vorticity dynamics responsible for the same are shown, including the interaction of shock with the interface. This temporal information is used to validate two vorticity-deposition models commonly used for initiation of large scale simulations, and have been previously validated only via simulations or integral measures of circulation. Additionally, these measurements also enable tracking the evolution and mode merging of individual flow structures that were previously not possible owing to inherently random variations in the interface at the smallest scales. A temporal evolution of symmetric vortex merging and the induced mixing prevalent in these problems is presented, with implications for the vortex paradigms in accelerated inhomogenous flows.
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