Counterflow-Induced Inverse Energy Cascade in Three-Dimensional Superfluid Turbulence

Vorticity fields in conterflowing quantum turbulence.


Finite-temperature quantum turbulence is often described in terms of two immiscible fluids that can flow with a non-zero mean relative velocity. Such out-of-equilibrium state is known as counterflow superfluid turbulence.

We report here the emergence of a counterflow-induced inverse energy cascade in three-dimensional superfluid flows by performing extensive numerical simulations of the Hall–Vinen–Bekarevich–Khalatnikov model. As the intensity of the mean counterflow is increased, an abrupt transition, from a fully three-dimensional turbulent flow to a quasi two-dimensional system exhibiting a split cascade, is observed.

The findings of this work could motivate new experimental settings to study quasi two-dimensional superfluid turbulence in the bulk of three-dimensional experiments. They might also find applications beyond superfluids in systems described by more than one fluid component.

Physical Review Letters
Juan Ignacio Polanco
Juan Ignacio Polanco
Postdoctoral researcher