Developed quantum turbulence and its decay

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This article is primarily a review of our knowledge of the correspondence between classical and quantum turbulence, though it is interspersed with a few new interpretations. This review is deemed timely because recent work in quantum turbulence promises to provide a better understanding of aspects of classical turbulence, though the two fields of turbulence have similarities as well as differences. We pay a particular attention to the conceptually simplest case of zero temperature limit where quantum turbulence consists of a tangle of quantized vortex line and represents a simple prototype of turbulence. At finite temperature, we anchor ourselves at the level of two-fluid description of the superfluid state-consisting of a normal viscous fluid and a frictionless superfluid-and review much of the available knowledge on quantum turbulence in liquid helium (both He II and 3He-B). We consider counterflows in which the normal and superfluid components flow against each other, as well as co-flows in which the direction of the two fluids is the same. We discuss experimental methods, phenomenological results as well as key theoretical concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number011301
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 5 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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