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We present experimental evidence backed up by numerical simulations that the steady-state vortex tangle created in He II by heat-transfer counterflow is strongly polarized. When the heater that generates the counterflow turbulence is switched off, the vortex tangle decays, the vortex lines randomize their spatial orientation and the tangle's polarization decreases. The process of depolarization slows down the recovery of the transverse second sound signal which measures the vortex line density; at some values of parameters it even leads to a net decrease of the amplitude of the transverse second sound prior to reaching the universal -3/2 power temporal law decay typical of classical homogeneous isotropic turbulence in a finite-sized channel. © 2006 The American Physical Society.
Author(s): Barenghi CF, Gordeev AV, Skrbek L
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Physical Review E
ISSN (print): 1539-3755
ISSN (electronic): 1550-2376
Publisher: American Physical Society
Notes: Article no. 026309
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