Interaction of ballistic quasiparticles and vortex configurations in superfluid He3-B

C. F. Barenghi, Y. A. Sergeev, N. Suramlishvili, P. J. van Dijk

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The vortex line density of turbulent superfluid He3-B at very low temperature is deduced by detecting the shadow of ballistic quasiparticles which are Andreev reflected by quantized vortices. Until now the measured total shadow has been interpreted as the sum of shadows arising from interactions of a single quasiparticle with a single vortex. By integrating numerically the quasi-classical Hamiltonian equations of motion of ballistic quasiparticles in the presence of nontrivial but relatively simple vortex systems (such as vortex-vortex and vortex-antivortex pairs and small clusters of vortices) we show that partial screening can take place, and the total shadow is not necessarily the sum of the shadows. We have also found that it is possible that, upon impinging on complex vortex configurations, quasiparticles experience multiple reflections, which can be classical, Andreev, or both.
Original languageEnglish
Article number024508
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2009

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To appear in Phys Rev B


  • cond-mat.stat-mech
  • cond-mat.other


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