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What is the role of vortices in superfluids

  1. Dec 30, 2004 #1
    I recently learned that vortices dump energy in otherwise frictionless superfluids, (or is there other ways?). Can someone point to a paper or article, on-line preferred, that explains energy dissapation in superfluids. Is it how a low temperature is maintained- a kind of self-regulation by the fluid. And where does the energy go?
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  3. Jan 4, 2005 #2
    I remember there is this answer in Thouless' book "topological quantum numbers in nonrelativistic physics". And Volovik is a expert in this field also. You can search their paper.
  4. Jan 11, 2005 #3
    Thanks. The book is online.
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