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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michele Sciacca,
Professor Carlo Barenghi
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By assuming a self-similar structure for Kelvin waves along vortex loops with successive smaller scale features, we model the fractal dimension of a superfluid vortex tangle in the zero temperature limit. Our model assumes that at each step the total energy of the vortices is conserved, but the total length can change. We obtain a relation between the fractal dimension and the exponent describing how the vortex energy per unit length changes with the length scale. This relation does not depend on the specific model, and shows that if smaller length scales make a decreasing relative contribution to the energy per unit length of vortex lines, the fractal dimension will be higher than unity. Finally, for the sake of more concrete illustration, we relate the fractal dimension of the tangle to the scaling exponents of amplitude and wavelength of a cascade of Kelvin waves.
Author(s): Jou D, Mongiovi MS, Sciacca M, Barenghi CF
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Print publication date: 30/04/2010
ISSN (print): 1751-8113
ISSN (electronic): 1751-8121
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
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