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Comparing critical temperature to mechanical onset of turbulence

  1. Sep 16, 2009 #1
    Does the critical temperature Tc of superconductivity suggest a similar parameter at the juncture between mechanical laminar and turbulent motion? In other words, is there an analogy between the electronic change at Tc and critical change in fluid flow at "room temperature"?
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  3. Sep 16, 2009 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    In some ways the concepts are similar- the system becomes unstable to perturbations as a parameter is increased, but the physical mechanisms are sufficiently distinct (and the systems behave sufficiently differently) to make the connection a fairly superficial one.
  4. Sep 16, 2009 #3
    Thank you, Andy.
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