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Introduction to quantum turbulence

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Carlo Barenghi


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The term quantum turbulence denotes the turbulent motion of quantum fluids, systems such as superfluid helium and atomic Bose-Einstein condensates, which are characterized by quantized vorticity, superfluidity, and, at finite temperatures, two-fluid behavior. This article introduces their basic properties, describes types and regimes of turbulence that have been observed, and highlights similarities and differences between quantum turbulence and classical turbulence in ordinary fluids. Our aim is also to link together the articles of this special issue and to provide a perspective of the future development of a subject that contains aspects of fluid mechanics, atomic physics, condensed matter, and low-temperature physics.

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Author(s): Barenghi CF, Skrbek L, Sreenivasan KR

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA

Year: 2014

Volume: 111

Issue: Suppl. 1

Pages: 4647-4652

Print publication date: 25/03/2014

Online publication date: 24/03/2014

ISSN (print): 0027-8424

ISSN (electronic): 1091-6490

Publisher: National Academy of Sciences


DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1400033111