An introduction to quantum turbulence

William Vinen

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This paper provides a brief introduction to quantum turbulence in simple superfluids, in which the required rotational motion in the superfluid component is due entirely to the topological defects that are identified as quantized vortices. Particular emphasis is placed on the basic dynamical behaviour of the quantized vortices and on turbulent decaymechanisms at a very low temperature. There are possible analogies with the behaviour of cosmic strings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2925-2933
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1877
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008


  • quantized vortex filaments
  • superfluids
  • turbulence


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