Introduction to quantum turbulence

Carlo F. Barenghi, Ladislav Skrbek, Katepalli R. Sreenivasan

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The term quantum turbulence denotes the turbulent motion of quantum fluids, systems such as superfluid helium and atomic Bose-Einstein condensates, which are characterized by quantized vorticity, superfluidity, and, at finite temperatures, two-fluid behavior. This article introduces their basic properties, describes types and regimes of turbulence that have been observed, and highlights similarities and differences between quantum turbulence and classical turbulence in ordinary fluids. Our aim is also to link together the articles of this special issue and to provide a perspective of the future development of a subject that contains aspects of fluid mechanics, atomic physics, condensed matter, and low-temperature physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4647-4652
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Mar 25 2014


  • Absolute zero
  • Kolmogorov spectrum
  • Quantized vortices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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