About dpl

Daniel Lathrop is Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research focuses on turbulent fluid flows, geomagnetism, and experiments on superfluid helium. Dr. Lathrop received a B.A. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He served at Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer, and as Assistant Professor at Emory University. He joined the University of Maryland in 1997, the year he received a Presidential Early Career Award from the NSF.

The Turbulent Tangle of Quantum Vortices

2018-02-14T21:41:34+00:00
02/14
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Ultracold turbulence
by Daniel Lathrop, Daniel Serrano

You may know helium as the gas that can make balloons and blimps float. At the University of Maryland, scientists are using this element to study the exotic physics of quantum vortices: the tornadoes or bathtub-drain whirls of the quantum world. Knowing how quantum vortices work could help us better understand other turbulent events (like wind and ocean currents), as well as the complex physical behavior of superconductors and neutron stars.

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The Turbulent Tangle of Quantum Vortices2018-02-14T21:41:34+00:00