Breaking of Josephson junction oscillations and onset of quantum turbulence in Bose-Einstein condensates

Adam Griffin, Sergey Nazarenko, Davide Proment

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We analyse the formation and the dynamics of quantum turbulence in a two-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensate with a Josephson junction barrier modeled using the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. We show that a sufficiently high initial superfluid density imbalance leads to randomisation of the dynamics and generation of turbulence, namely, the formation of a quasi-1D dispersive shock consisting of a train of grey solitons that eventually breakup into chains of distinct quantised vortices of alternating vorticity followed by random turbulent flow. The Josephson junction barrier allows us to create two turbulent regimes: acoustic turbulence on one side and vortex turbulence on the other. Throughout the dynamics, a key mechanism for mixing these two regimes is the transmission of vortex dipoles through the barrier: we analyse this scattering process in terms of the barrier parameters, sound emission and vortex annihilation. Finally, we discuss how the vortex turbulence evolves for long times, presenting the optimal configurations for the density imbalance and barrier height in order to create the desired turbulent regimes which last as long as possible.

Original languageEnglish
Article number175701
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number17
Early online date27 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Bose-Einstein condensate
  • Josephson junction
  • quantum vortices
  • superfluids
  • turbulence
  • vortex decay

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