Decay of turbulence generated by spin-down to rest in superfluid 4He

P. M. Walmsley, Andrei I. Golov, H. E. Hall, W. F. Vinen, A. A. Levchenko

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    We report on the extension of the experiments (P.M. Walmsley et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99:265302, 2007) on the decay of quasiclassical turbulence generated by an impulsive spin-down from angular velocity Ω to rest of superfluid 4He in a cubic container at temperatures 0.15 K-1.6 K. The density of quantized vortex lines L is measured by scattering negative ions. Following the spin-down, the maximal density of vortices is observed after time t ∼ 10Ω -1. By observing the propagation of ions along the axis of the initial rotation, the transient dynamics of the turbulence spreading from the perimeter of the container into its central region is investigated. Nearly homogeneous turbulence develops after time t ∼ 100Ω -1 and decays as L ∝ t -3/2. The effective kinematic viscosity in T = 0 limit is v = 0.003κ, where κ = 10 -3 cm 2s -1 is the circulation quantum. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)127-139
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
    Issue number5-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Quantized vortex
    • Quantum turbulence
    • Superfluid helium
    • Turbulence decay


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