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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)




George M Vahala


We examine the energy cascades and quantum vortex structures in two-dimensional quantum turbulence through a special unitary time evolution algorithm. An early attempt at using the Lattice Boltzmann Method proved successful in correctly representing some features of the Nonlinear Schrodinger System (NLS), such as the phase shift following the one-dimensional soliton-soliton collision, as well as the two-dimentional modulation instability. However, to accurately evaluate NLS, the implicit Euler method is required to resolve the time evolution, which is computationally expensive. A more accurate and efficient method, the Quantum Lattice Gas model is employed to simulate the quantum turbulence governed by the Gross-Pitaevskii equation, an equaiton that describes the evolution of the ground state wave function for a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). It is discovered that when the ratio of the internal energy to the kinetic energy is below 0.05, an unexpected short Poincare recurrence occurs independent of the initial profile of the wave function. It is demonstrated that this short recurrence is destroyed as the internal energy is strengthened. to compare the two-dimensional quantum turbulence with its classical counterpart, the incompressible energy spectra of quantum turbulence is analyzed. However, the result reveals no sign of dual cascades which is a hallmark of the classical incompressible two-dimensional fluid (inverse energy cascade to large scales with a direct cascade of enstrophy to small scales). It is the spectra of the compressible energy that can exhibits multiple cascades, but this is strongly dependent on the initial condition.



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