Quantum turbulent velocity statistics and quasiclassical limit.


Two research groups have measured turbulent velocity statistics in superfluid helium using different techniques. The results were in conflict: one experiment revealed Gaussian distributions (as observed in ordinary turbulence), the other experiment determined power laws. To solve the apparent puzzle, we numerically model quantum turbulence as a tangle of vortex filaments, and conclude that there is no contradiction between the two experiments. The transition from Gaussian to power law arises from the different length scales which are probed using the two techniques. We find that the average distance between the quantum vortices marks the separation between quantum and quasiclassical length scales.

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@article{Baggaley2011QuantumTV, title={Quantum turbulent velocity statistics and quasiclassical limit.}, author={Andrew W. Baggaley and Carlo F. Barenghi}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2011}, volume={84 6 Pt 2}, pages={067301} }