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Vortex rings in classical and quantum systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Carlo Barenghi



The study of vortex rings has been pursued for decades and is a particularly difficult subject. However, the discovery of quantized vortex rings in superfluid helium has greatly increased interest in vortex rings with very thin cores. While rapid progress has been made in the simulation of quantized vortex rings, there has not been comparable progress in laboratory studies of vortex rings in a viscous fluid such as water. This article overviews the history and current frontiers of classical and quantum vortex rings. After introducing the classical results, this review discusses thin-cored vortex rings in superfluid helium in section 2, and recent progress in understanding vortex rings of very thin cores propagating in water in section 3.

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Author(s): Barenghi CF, Donnelly RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fluid Dynamics Research

Year: 2009

Volume: 41

Issue: 5

Pages: -

Date deposited: 18/05/2010

ISSN (print): 0169-5983

ISSN (electronic): 1873-7005

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1088/0169-5983/41/5/051401


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