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Diffusion of quantum vortices

Lookup NU author(s): Mx Em Rickinson, Professor Nick ParkerORCiD, Dr Andrew BaggaleyORCiD, Professor Carlo Barenghi



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We determine the evolution of a cluster of quantum vortices initially placed at the center of a larger vortex-free region. We find that the cluster spreads out spatially. This spreading motion consists of two effects: the rapid evaporation of vortex dipoles from the cluster and the slow expansion of the cluster itself. The latter is akin to a diffusion process controlled by the quantum of circulation. Numerical simulations of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation show that this phenomenon is qualitatively unaffected by the presence of sound waves, vortex annihilations, and boundaries, and it should be possible to create it in the laboratory.

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Author(s): Rickinson E, Parker NG, Baggaley AW, Barenghi CF

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review A

Year: 2018

Volume: 98

Issue: 2

Print publication date: 07/08/2018

Online publication date: 07/08/2018

Acceptance date: 16/07/2018

Date deposited: 07/08/2018

ISSN (print): 2469-9926

ISSN (electronic): 2469-9934

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.98.023608


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EP/M005127/1Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom