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Depolarization of decaying counterflow turbulence in He II

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Abstract

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.


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Author(s): Barenghi CF, Gordeev AV, Skrbek L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review E

Year: 2006

Volume: 74

Issue: 2

ISSN (print): 1539-3755

ISSN (electronic): 1550-2376

Publisher: American Physical Society

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.74.026309

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.74.026309

Notes: Article no. 026309 7 pages


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