Transition to quantum turbulence in a Bose-Einstein condensate through the bending-wave instability of a single-vortex ring

T. L. Horng, C. H. Hsueh, S. C. Gou

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We investigate the dynamics of an unstable vortex ring in a pancake-shaped Bose-Einsten condensate by solving the Gross-Pitaevskii equation numerically. It is found that a quasisteady turbulent state with long relaxation time can be achieved through the disruption of a perturbed vortex ring in the condensate owing to the bending-wave instability. We verify that this quantum turbulent state is characterized by Kolmogorov energy spcetrum.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063625
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 30


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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