Chasing Tornadoes: Vorticity Above, Below, and in the Lab


Carlo Ferruccio Barenghi is one of the leading figures in the field of quantum fluids, where he has pioneered the application of ideas from modern fluid mechanics in this exotic, low-temperature, realm. His scientific career began at the University of Milan where he obtained a degree in theoretical physics. He subsequently moved to the US where he was awarded a Ph.D. in experimental physics at the University of Oregon, working with one of the true pioneers of the science of cold, Russ Donnelly. He moved to the UK in the early 1980s working with the father of quantum turbulence, Joe Vinen, in Birmingham. In 1986 Carlo moved to Newcastle, where he has remained for the past three decades. At Newcastle he has been responsible for establishing one of the world leading quantum fluids groups, and making numerous important breakthroughs in the field of quantum fluids. For all of Carlo’s abilities (and achievements) as a scientist it his infectious curiosity and entirely positive approach which have fired a passion for the cold and the "tangled" inside generations of scientists.

On the occasion of his 65th birthday, we have the pleasure of hosting a conference in Carlo's spirit, bringing together people belonging to the different scientific communities Carlo has worked in.

Venue and Directions

All talks for Chasing tornadoes: vorticity above, below, and in the lab will be located in the Herschel Building - home of the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics and within walking distance of Haymarket Metro station.

Most talks will be given in room LT3, with refreshments just outside the room on the Herschel Building's ground-floor concourse. Carlo Barenghi's lecture and Keith Moffatt's public lecture will both be given in room LT1.

The Herschel Building Penthouse is booked for the whole event. Lunches, the Monday buffet, and the poster session will be held there.

For more information please refer to the local website

Programme and Talks

Monday 9th April 2018

13:50-14:00 Welcome
14:00-14:30 William F. Vinen Sixty years of quantum vortices
14:30-15:00 Ladislav Skrbrk Recent experiments on quantum turbulence in superfluid 4He in Prague
15:00-15:15 Paul M. Walmsley Probing the quantum regime of vortex dynamics in superfluid 4He
15:15-15:30 Julien Salort Local velocity measurements in superfluid 4He
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Vanderlei S. Bagnato Turbulence on a far-of equilibrium BEC: new characterization
16:30-17:00 Amandine Aftalion Phase transitions and Vortex Stripes in Two Component Bose Einstein Condensates
17:00-17:30 Caroline Nore From the superfluid Taylor-Green vortex to the von Kármán liquid sodium flow
17:30-17:45 Coffee Break
17:45-18:45 Carlo F. Barenghi Kolmogorov and Vinen regimes of quantum turbulence
18:45 Wine Reception and Buffet

Tuesday 10th April 2018

09:00-09:30 Rena J. Zieve Freeing a trapped superfluid vortex
09:30-10:00 Nils Anderson Cosmic vortex dynamics
10:00-10:30 Chris Jones Anelastic spherical dynamo models for Jupiter and Saturn
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Gabriele Ferrari Vortex reconnections and rebounds in trapped atomic Bose-Einstein condensates
11:30-12:00 Angela White Superfluidity in Bose-Einstein condensates beyond the standard azimuthal flow
12:00-12:30 Davide Proment Filament dynamics and sound emission during vortex reconnections in superfluids
12:30-13:00 Giorgio Krstulovic Topological and statistical properties of superfluid vortex tangles
13:00-14:15 Lunch
14:15-14:45 Katepalli R. Screenivasan Convection conundrum in the Sun
14:45-15:15 Christos Vassilicos Unsteady turbulence cascades and dissipation
15:15-15:30 Ashley P. Willis Nonlinear solutions and turbulent transition in pipe flow
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Victor L'vov A theory of turbulent counterflow energy spectra in superfluid 4He
16:30-17:00 Phillippe-E. Roche Intermittency of turbulent He-II with superfluid fractions from 0% to 96%
17:00-17:15 Mathieu Gibert The Cryogenic Lagrangian Exploration Module (CryoLEM):
A rotating platform to study the dynamics of particles evolving in liquid helium (He-I and He-II)
17:15-17:30 Michele Sciacca Heat transport in superfluid helium: some recent results
17:30-17:45 Coffee Break
17:45-18:45 Keith Moffatt The Navier-Stokes singularity problem
18:45 Conference Dinner

Wednesday 11th April 2018

09:00-09:30 Marc E. Brachet Finite temperature effects in helical quantum turbulence
09:30-10:00 Makoto Tsubota Numerical simulation of quantum turbulence
10:00-10:30 Wei Guo Quantitative flow visualization measurement in superfluid helium-4
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 George R. Pickett Chasing microkelvin vortices in superfluid 3He
11:30-12:00 Vladimir B. Eltsov Rotating superfluid 3He at ultra-low temperatures
12:00-12:15 Richard P. Haley Superfluid flow in the zero temperature limit
12:15-12:30 Yuri Sergeev Andreev reflection from quantum turbulence in 3He-B: Advantages and limitations
of combined numerical/experimental study
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Kali Wilson Developing a toolkit for experimental studies of two-dimensional quantum turbulence
in Bose-Einstein condensates
14:30-15:00 Hayder Salman Motion of electron bubbles along superfluid vortices
15:00 Departure