Complex lamellar vector fields are precisely those that are normal to a family of surfaces. A special case are irrotational vector fields, satisfying
An irrotational vector field is locally the gradient of a function, and is therefore orthogonal to the family of level surfaces (the equipotential surfaces). Accordingly, the term lamellar vector field is sometimes used as a synonym for an irrotational vector field. The adjective "lamellar" derives from the noun "lamella", which means a thin layer. The lamellae to which "lamellar flow" refers are the surfaces of constant potential, or in the complex case, the surfaces orthogonal to the vector field.
- Aris 1989, p. 64
- Aris, Rutherford (1989), Vectors, tensors, and the basic equations of fluid mechanics, Dover, ISBN 0-486-66110-5