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Velocity distribution of tracer particles in thermal counterflow in superfluid 4He

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Yuri Sergeev, Professor Carlo Barenghi



Quantum turbulence accompanying thermal counterflow in superfluid 4He was recently visualized by theMaryland group, using micrometer-sized tracer particles of solid hydrogen [Paoletti, Fiorito, Sreenivasan,and Lathrop, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 77, 111007 (2008)]. In order to understand the observations, we formulatethe coupled dynamics of fine particles and quantized vortices, in the presence of a relative motion of thenormal and superfluid components. Numerical simulations based on this formulation are shown to agreereasonably well with experimental observations of the velocity distributions of the tracer particles in thermalcounterflow.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mineda Y, Tsubota M, Sergeev YA, Barenghi CF, Vinen WF

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B

Year: 2013

Volume: 87

Issue: 17

Online publication date: 13/05/2013

Date deposited: 01/11/2013

ISSN (print): 1098-0121

ISSN (electronic): 1550-235X

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.174508


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