Quantum dynamics and statistics of vortices in two-dimensional superfluids

F. D.M. Haldane, Yong Shi Wu

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The phase change of the wave function of a superfluid film as a vortex moves around a closed path counts the number of superfluid particles enclosed by that path. This result is used to investigate whether such vortices obey fractional statistics. We conclude that this is not the case in compressible superfluids such as He4 films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2887-2890
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number26
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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