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Quantum turbulence in trapped atomic Bose-Einstein condensates

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Carlo Barenghi



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Turbulence, the complicated fluid behavior of nonlinear and statistical nature, arises in many physical systems across various disciplines, from tiny laboratory scales to geophysical and astrophysical ones. The notion of turbulence in the quantum world was conceived long ago by Onsager and Feynman, but the occurrence of turbulence in ultracold gases has been studied in the laboratory only very recently. Albeit new as a field, it already offers new paths and perspectives on the problem of turbulence. Herein we review the general properties of quantum gases at ultralow temperatures paying particular attention to vortices, their dynamics and turbulent behavior. We review the recent advances both from theory and experiment. We highlight, moreover, the difficulties of identifying and characterizing turbulence in gaseous Bose Einstein condensates compared to ordinary turbulence and turbulence in superfluid liquid helium and spotlight future possible directions. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Tsatsos MC, Tavares PES, Cidrim A, Fritsch AR, Caracanhas MA, dos Santos FEA, Barenghi CF, Bagnato VS

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physics Reports

Year: 2016

Volume: 622

Pages: 1-52

Print publication date: 25/03/2016

Online publication date: 15/02/2016

Acceptance date: 05/02/2016

ISSN (print): 0370-1573

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6270



DOI: 10.1016/j.physrep.2016.02.003


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