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Mesoscale helicity distinguishes Vinen from Kolmogorov turbulence in helium-II

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Luca Galantucci, Professor Carlo Barenghi, Professor Nick ParkerORCiD, Dr Andrew BaggaleyORCiD



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Experiments and numerical simulations show that quantum turbulence exists in two distinct limiting regimes: Kolmogorov turbulence (which shares with classical turbulence the important property of a cascade of kinetic energy from large eddies to small eddies) and Vinen turbulence (which is more similar to a random flow). In this work, we define a mesoscale helicity for the superfluid, which, tested in numerical experiments, distinguishes the two turbulent regimes, quantifying the amount of nonlocal vortex interactions and the orientation of the vortex lines.

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Author(s): Galantucci L, Barenghi CF, Parker NG, Baggaley AW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B

Year: 2021

Volume: 13

Online publication date: 06/04/2021

Acceptance date: 29/03/2021

Date deposited: 06/04/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2469-9969

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.103.144503


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