Phenomenological description of sedimentation in turbulent vortex tangles

D. Jou, M. S. Mongiovì

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The aim of this Brief Report is to provide a simple intuitive derivation of the results for sedimentation velocity of a small spherical particle in a counterflow vortex tangle in turbulent superfluid. When the velocity of the tangle vortex lines is small as compared to that of the particle, our results reduce to those obtained previously by other authors through more complex arguments, except for a logarithmic dependence of one of the coefficients on the vortex line density. Comparison of both derivations may be useful to clarify the range of validity of the expressions for the forces between the particle and the tangle. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number092507
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2008


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