Volume 77, Number 6, March 2007
Article Number 66002
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 28 February 2007
EPL, 77 (2007) 66002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/77/66002

Vortex density spectrum of quantum turbulence

P.-E. Roche1, P. Diribarne1, T. Didelot1, O. Français2, 3, L. Rousseau2 and H. Willaime4

1  Institut NÉEL, CNRS & Université J. Fourier - 25 avenue des Martyrs, BP166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
2  Groupe ESIEE, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris - Cité Descartes, BP99, 2 boulevard Blaise Pascal, 93162 Noisy le Grand Cedex, France
3  Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Laboratoire de Physique - 2 rue Conté, 75003 Paris, France
4  Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris - 10 rue Vauquelin, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

received 25 October 2006; accepted in final form 29 January 2007; published March 2007
published online 28 February 2007

The fluctuations of the vortex density in a turbulent quantum fluid are deduced from local second-sound attenuation measurements. These measurements are performed with a micromachined open-cavity resonator inserted across a flow of turbulent He-II near 1.6 K. The frequency power spectrum of the measured vortex line density is compatible with a (-5/3) power law. The physical interpretation is discussed.

67.40.Vs - Vortices and turbulence.
47.37.+q - Hydrodynamic aspects of superfluidity; quantum fluids.
67.57.De - Quantum fluids and solids; liquid and solid helium: Superflow and hydro- dynamics.

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