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Vortex stretching as a mechanism for quantum kinetic energy decay

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For a pair of perturbed anti-parallel quantum vortices, kinetic energy $K_{\nabla\psi}$ is converted into interaction energy $E_I$ leading to local kinetic energy depletion that is analogous to energy decay in a classical fluid, even though the governing equations are Hamiltonian and energy conserving. The intermediate stages include: the generation of vortex waves, their deepening, multiple reconnections, the emission of vortex rings and phonons and the creation of a -5/3 kinetic energy spectrum.

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