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Vol. 100 ( 2001) A CT A P HY SIC A POLON IC A A Suppl ement

V or tex L ines in Motion

I. Bia¤ynicki-Bi r u la Ê

Center for Theoret ical Physics and Insti tute of Theoreti cal Physi cs

Warsaw Uni versity, Warsaw, Poland

T. M¤ oduc ho wsk i

S.I. Witki ewicz Hi gh School, Elbl ¨ska 51, 01-737 Warsaw, Poland

T. Rado ây ck i

Departm ent of Physi cs, Warsaw Uni versity , Hoâa 69, 00-681 Warsaw, Poland

and C. Ïl iw a

Center for Theoreti cal Physi cs, al. Lo tni k§w 32/ 46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland

(Received November 15, 2001)

We extend our previou s analysis of the motion of vortex lines in wave

mechanics to the case of more elaborate vortex patterns and to a rotatin g

harmonic trap .

PACS numb ers: 03.65.{w , 67.40.V s

1. I nt rod uct io n

The hydro dyna mic form ulatio n of wa ve mechanics discovered by Madelung

[1] o˜ers an opportuni ty to di rectly connect the moti on of quantum parti cleswi th

the m otion of a Ûuid | the probabi lity Ûuid. Thi s formulatio n not only o˜ers a

di ˜erent way to visualize the quantum mechanical evoluti on but also intro duces

new objects: qua nti zed vo rti ces. Vorti city Ùeld i sa very interesti ng physi cal object

already in the study of classical Ûuids but in the framework of wave mechanics

it acqui res a new f eature. In the three- dim ensional conÙgura tion space vorti city

can generically exist only on vortex lines and, in addi tion, the circul ation around

each vortex line must be quanti zed in uni ts of 2 ¤ ñh =m . The f ascinati on with vortex

Êcorr espon din g author; e-m ail : biru la@cft .ed u.pl

(29)

30 I . Bi a¤yni cki-Bi rula et al .

lines goes back m any centuri es when Empedocles, Ari stotl e [2], and D escartes [3]

tri ed to explain the form ati on of the Earth, its gravi ty, and the dyna mics of the

who le solar system as due to pri mordi al cosmic vorti ces. Later Lord Kelvi n [4] has

attem pted to descri be ato m sas vortex rings. The prop er m athem atica l descripti on

of hydro dynamic vorti ces has been started by Helmholtz [5]. The best summ ary

of the present day theory of vorti city in classical hydro dyna mics may be found in

a recent monograph by Sa˜m an [6].

There are two reasons why we are interested in the study of vorti cesembed-

ded i n soluti ons of wave equati ons. Fi rst, vorti ces are by them selves very interest-

ing structures tha t deepen our understa nding of wave phenomena. Second, recent

advances in exp eriments on the Bose{ Einstein condensati on made it possible to

create vorti ces in the laborato ry provi ding a testi ng ground for the theoreti cal

analysis of the vortex moti on. Surpri singly, despite the fact tha t one can Ùnd with

relati ve ease the behavi or of even fairly complicated vortex structures, there has

been very littl e acti vity in tha t area of research. The notable example is the re-

search carri ed out for a long ti me by Berry, Nye, and their collaborators [7{ 9]. We

wo uld like, ho wever, to emphasize the di ˜erences between thei r appro ach and our

appro ach. They stress the generic features of vo rtex lines and apply thei r analysis

mainly to m onochromatic waves in opti cs witho ut any reference to ti me evoluti on.

We restri ct ourselves to quantum mechanics and we study in detail speciÙc ex-

amples exhi biti ng the ti m eevoluti on of vorti ces. Thus, we believe tha t these two

compl ementary appro aches suppl ement each other.

In our Ùrst publ icati on [10] we have intro duced a general metho d of gen-

erating soluti ons of the Schrodinger equati on with embedded vorti ces of almost

arbi tra ry compl exity. In the second paper [11] we have extended the analysis to

the nonlinear wave equati on wi th harm onic interpa rti cle forces. In the present pa-

per we restri ct ourselves to the linear Schrodi nger equati on but in order to see a

more intri cate behavi or, not seen in the examples studi ed before, we extend the

scope of our anal ysis to cover m ore elab orate vortex structures . We also study the

case of a rotating harm onic trap tha t shows some new features and might also be

of experimenta l interest.

2. G ener at i ng fun ct i on

In contra st to the situa ti on in classical hydro dyna mics, vorti city in quantum

m echani cs canno t b e present i n a three- di m ensional volume. Due to the requi re-

ment that the wave functi on be single valued, vorti city in quantum mechani csis

generically concentrated on lines. Vortex lines are deÙnedas an intersecti on of the

two surf aces deÙned by the vanishing of the real and imaginary part of the wa ve

functi on.

The constructi on of soluti ons of wave equati ons, studi ed in [10], tha t exhibit

vari ous vo rtex structures, was ba sed on the idea of a generati ng functi on. As a

Vortex Li nes in Mot ion 31

generati ng functi on we may use any soluti on êkk (r;t) of the Schrodinger wa ve

equati on under study tha t sati sÙesthe initi al condi ti on

êkk (r; t = 0) = exp(ir Âk) ¢ 0(r) ; (1)

where k is an auxi liary wave vector and ¢ (r)is a smooth, non-v anishing functi on.

By ta king a linear combi natio n of deri vati ves with respect to the components of

the vector k of the generati ng functi on (1), we can produce an arbi tra ry polynomial

in the vari abl esx ; y , and zin front of thi s functi on,

[W R(r) + iWI(r) ] ¢ 0(r) ; (2)

where WRand WIare tw o real p olynom ials. Vortex lines are deÙned by the equa-

ti ons

WR(r) = 0 ; W I(r) = 0:(3)

In thi sm anner we obtain an initi al wave functi on that may conta in all typ es

of i ntri cate vortex structure s. The moti on of the vorti ces i s determ i ned by the

Schrodinger equati on. Since the Schrodinger equation is linear and it does not

inv olve k, all deri vati ves of êkk (r;t) wi th respect to the components of the vector

k also satisfy thi s equati on. These derivati ves at k =0 in all known cases, when

the soluti on of the Schrodinger equati on can be wri tten down explicitl y, have the

form

[W R(r; t) + iWI(r; t )] ¢ 0(r; t ) ; (4)

where now WRand WIhave coe£ cients tha t in general depend on ti me. The ti me

evoluti on of vorti cesis determined by the ti meevoluti on of the zeros of the wa ve

functi on. Thi s requi res solvi ng two simulta neous real algebraic equati ons

WR(r; t) = 0 ; W I(r; t ) = 0 : (5)

It is worth stressing that the m oti on of vorti cesdepends on the shape of the

\ envelope" wave functi on ¢0(r). The same vorti ces \ sitti ng" on di ˜erent envelop e

functi ons will m ove in a di˜erent way.

3. Si m ple co nÙgu r at io n s o f vo r tex l i nes an d vo r tex r i n gs

We have used in [10] an exampl eof two vortex lines moving accordi ng to the

free-parti cl e Schrodinger equati on to exhibit the phenom enon of vortex reconnec-

ti on. The dyna mics of three vortex lines in free moti on has already been described

in our prelim inary report [12] where we have shown tha t it exhibits novel features.

Namely, the three vortex lines go thro ugh the reconnecti on pro cessin a di˜erent

way; the reconnecti on occurs thro ugh the creati on of a closed ring tha t shrinks

and di sappears. Since the ful l soluti on of the Schrodi nger equati on is ti me reversal

sym metri c, f or negati ve ti mes the who le pro cess occurs in a reversed order: the

vortex ri ng suddenl y app ears, then grows, and Ùnally it is swallowed by the three

32 I. Bi a¤ynicki -Bi r ula et al .

vortex lines. A similar creation of an addi ti onal vortex ri ng accompaniesthe vortex

reconnecti on also for other conÙgurati ons studi ed in thi s section: a vortex circle

and a vo rtex line. W eshall make the simplest choiceof the generati ng functi on for

the free-parti cle Schrodinger equati on, viz., a pl ane wave

êkk (r; t) = exp(ir Âk)exp(Àik Âkt= 2 ) : (6)

W e use the uni ts ñh = 1 ; m = 1 thro ughout thi s paper with the only excepti on

of Ùnal form ulas (27){ (34) for the generati ng functi on in the rotati ng tra p. The

ini ti al wave f uncti on describi ng three ortho g onal vortex l ines has the form (2 ),

with the followi ng choice of the ini tial polynomial

WR(r; t = 0) + iWI(r; t = 0 ) = (x Àd + iy )( y Àd + iz )( z Àd + ix ) : (7)

The ti me-dependent polyno mials obtained by di˜erenti ati ng the functi on (6) and

setti ng k =0 are

WR(r; t) = Àd3+ t (3 d ÀxÀyÀz )

+ d2( x + y + z ) Àx y 2Àyz2Àz x 2+ x y z ; (8a)

WI(r; t) = Àt (x + y + z) + d 2( x + y + z )

Àd ( x 2+ y 2+ z 2+ x y + y z + z x ) + x z 2+ y x 2+ z y 2Àx y z (8b)

and the moti on is depicted in Fi g. 1.

Fig. 1. Full history of the time evolution of three vortex lines that at t = 0 are mutually

p erp endicul ar and nonintersecting .

Vortex Li nes i n Mot ion 33

In the case of a line and a ri ng, the ini tial polynomial wi ll be chosen as

WR(r; t = 0) + iWI(r; t = 0 ) = (x 2+ y 2ÀR2+iR z )( x ÀdÏiz ) : (9)

Depending on the sign in the second term the vorti citi esof the ring and the stra ight

line are the same or opposite. The ti me dependent polynomials in thi s case are

WR(r; t) = ´2 tz + ( x Àd)( x 2+ y 2ÀR2)´R z 2;(10a)

WI(r; t ) = t ( 4x ´RÀ2d) Ï( x 2+ y 2ÀR2) z ÀdR z + R x z : (10b)

Finally, for the two rings we have chosen the initi al polynomial in the form

WR(r; t = 0) + iWI(r; t = 0 ) = (x 2+ y 2ÀR2ÀiR z )

È[ ( x Àx0)2+ y 2ÀR2+iR ( z Àz0)] ; (11)

that leads to the following tim e-dependent real and imaginary parts:

WR(r; t ) = 2 R z 0tÀ8t 2+ ( x 2+ y 2ÀR2)

È[ ( x Àx0)2+ y 2ÀR2] + z ( z Àz0) ; (12a)

WI(r; t ) = t [8 ( x 2+ y 2Àx0x ) À3 R 2À2 x 2

0]

+ R z0( x 2+ y 2ÀR2)ÀR z ( x 2

0À2x 0x ) : (12b)

In Figs. 2, 3, and 4 we show the most characteri stic m ovie frames for three vortex

lines, for a vortex line and a vortex ri ng (for upp er signs in Eqs. (10a)), and for

two vortex ri ngs. In order to get a better vi ew, we have ti lted the axes.

Fig. 2. The creation of a vortex ring by three vortex lines.

34 I. Bi a¤ynicki -Bi r ula et al .

Fig. 3. A vortex ring and a vortex line create a second ring.

Fig. 4. Tw o vortex rings create a third ring.

4. R ot at i ng h ar m on i c t r ap

A general stati onary harm onic trap centered at the ori gin of the coordi nate

system is described by a quadratic functi on of the coordi nates V ( r) = (1 =2 ) v i j xixj.

A rotati ng tra p in the laboratory frame is described by the potenti al

V ( r; t ) = (1 = 2) v i j ( t ) x ixj= V ( r( t )) ; (13)

where the ti me dependence of the matri x vi j (t ) results from the rotation. In what

follows we shall treat only a special case when the axis of rotati on coincides with

one of the pri ncipal directi ons of the trap. In this case, the time dependence of the

potenti al has the form (we choosethe zaxi s as the axi s of rota tion)

Vortex Li nes i n Mot ion 35

[ v i j ( t )] =

"!2

xcos2( ¨ t ) + ! 2

ysin2( ¨ t ) ( ! 2

xÀ!2

y)cos( ¨ t ) sin( ¨ t )

( ! 2

xÀ!2

y)cos( ¨ t ) sin( ¨ t ) ! 2

xsin2( ¨ t ) + ! 2

ycos2( ¨ t ) :(14)

Conto ur lines of thi s potenti al are the ellipses rotati ng in the positi ve (anti clock-

wise) directi on in the x y plane. The ti me dependence of the parameters of the

potenti al may be replaced by the ti me dependence of the coordinates

V ( ; t) = V ( ( t )) : (15)

In our case the time dependence of ( t ) i s given by the form ul ae

x ( t ) = x cos( ¨ t ) + y sin( ¨ t ) ; (16a)

x ( t ) = Àxsin( ¨ t ) + y cos( ¨ t ) ; (16b)

z ( t ) = z : (16c)

The f uncti ons (t ) are the coordinates in the rotati ng fram e where the tra p is

stati onary . The Schrodi nger equati on for a rota ti ng ha rmonic tra p in the l abora tory

fra me has the form

i@ ê ( ; t ) = À1

2Â + V ( ( t )) ê ( ; t ): (17)

The ti me dependence of the Ha milto nian in thi sequati on may be eliminated by the

tra nsformati on to the rota ti ng fram e. The wa ve functi on ê ( ; t ) in the laboratory

fram e is related to the wa ve functi on ¢ ( ; t) in the rotati ng fram e thro ugh the

form ula

ê ( ; t ) = ¢ ( ( t ) ; t ) = exp (ÀiÂ^t ) ¢ ( ; t ) ; (18)

where ^isthe angul ar momentum operator. Thi s tra nsform ati on cancels the ti me

dependence of the potenti al since

exp (iÂ^t )x ( t ) exp(ÀiÂ^t ) = x ; (19a)

exp (iÂ^t )y ( t ) exp(ÀiÂ^t ) = y ; (19b)

but it intro duces an extra term into the Ham ilto nian. Upon substituti ng the rela-

ti on (18) into Eq. (17), we obtain

i@ ¢ ( ; t ) = À1

2Â + V ( ) À Â ^¢ ( ; t ) : (20)

The addi tional term À Â ^is responsible for the centri fugal force and the Coriolis

force tha t act in the rota ti ng frame. The generating functi on ¢ ( ; t ) for all poly-

nomial vo rtex structure s bui lt on the funda menta l, Gaussian state wave functi on

in a tra p in the rotati ng frame is the soluti on of the Schrodinger equation (17)

sati sfying the initi al condi ti on

¢ ( ; t = 0) = exp(iÂ) ¢ ( ) : (21)

36 I. Bi a¤ynicki -Bi r ula et al .

In the general case, for an arbi tra ry rotati on, the wa ve functi on ¢0(r)and

hence also ¢kk (r;t) cannot be explicitl y wri tten down since the set of algebraic

equati ons for the coe£ cients of the Gaussian wave functi on cannot be solved in a

closed form. However, in a special caseconsidered in thi s paper, when the angular

velocity is aligned with one of the symm etry axes of the tra p, the general soluti on

is relati vely simpl e. In thi s case the moti on in the zdi recti on unco upl esfro m the

moti on in the x y pl ane and the generating functi on factori zesinto a product. The

part of the generati ng functi on describing the m otion in the zdirecti on does no t

involve the rota ti on and it has been already wri tten down in Ref. [10]. Thus, the

three- di mensional probl em reduces to the soluti on of the Schrodi nger equati on in

a ro tati ng ani sotropi c ha rm onic tra p in tw o di mensions. In wha t follows we shall

choose the coordi nate axes xand yalong the main axes of the potenti al and for

deÙnitness we assume tha t !x> ! y.

The soluti on of the equati ons of motion for the harm onic oscillator in a rota t-

ing fram ein classical and in quantum theory invol vestw ocharacteri stic frequencies

!+and !Àgiven by the form ula s (cf., for exampl e, [13])

!+=

r

2 ¨ 2+ ! 2

x+ ! 2

y+q( ! 2

xÀ!2)2+ 8¨ 2( ! 2+ ! 2)

p2;(22a)

! =

2¨ 2+ ! 2+ ! 2À( ! 2À!2)2+ 8¨ 2( ! 2+ ! 2)

p2:(22b)

The requirement tha t the expression under the outer square root for !b e positi ve

leads to the following condi ti on:

( ¨ 2À!2)( ¨ 2À!2) > 0 : (23)

We inf er from thi s that there are two regions of stable oscillati ons separated by

a gap: slow rota tions ¨ < ! < ! and f ast rotations ! < ! < ¨ . In the

slow rotati on regim e the trapping forces are stronger tha n the centri fugal force.

In the fast rota ti on regim e the centri fugal force overwhel ms the tra pping forces

but neverthel ess stabi lity holds due to the acti on of the Cori olis force. Thi s is

the same stabilizati on mechanism as in the Paul tra p or in the Trojan states of

electrons (cf. [13, 14]). It turns out tha t in the investigati on of the soluti ons of the

Schrodinger equati on it is convenient to work not with !+and !but with thei r

linear combinatio ns ¨1and ¨2

¨1=

2¨ 2+ ! 2+ ! 2+ 2 ¯ ( ! 2À¨2)( ! 2À¨2)

2=!++ ¯ !

2;(24a)

Vortex Li nes i n Mot ion 37

¨2=

r

2¨ 2+ ! 2

x+ ! 2

yÀ2 ¯ q( ! 2

xÀ¨2)( ! 2

yÀ¨2)

2=!+À¯ ! À

2;(24b)

where ¯is the sign parameter equal to 1 for slow rota ti ons and equal to { 1 for

fast rota ti ons. It follows from these deÙniti ons that for slow rotati ons ¨1> ¨ 2

and for fast rota ti ons ¨2> ¨ 1. By inverti ng the form ulas(24) we obtain the tra p

frequenci es expressed i n term s of ¨2and ¨1

!x=

r

¨2

1+ ¨ 2

2À¨2+ 2q( ¨ 2

1À¨2)( ¨ 2

2À¨2) ; (25a)

! = ¨ 2

1+ ¨ 2

2À¨2À2 ( ¨ 2

1À¨2)( ¨ 2

2À¨2) : (25b)

We shall bui ld the generati ng functi on accordi ng to the formula (21), cho os-

ing the ground state as the envelope functi on. Owi ng to our special choice of

the rota ti on axis, the generating functi on in three dimensions is a pro duct of the

generati ng functi on in the xand yvariables and the generating functi on for the

one-dimensional oscillator in the zvariable

¢ ( ; t ) = ¢ ( x ; y ; t ) ¢ ( z ; t ) : (26)

The last part has been already obtained in Ref. [10] and it has the form (we leave

out norm alizatio n constants for they play no role in our considerations)

¢ ( z ; t ) = exp Ài! t

2Àie ñh k 2

2m! sin( ! t ) exp Àm!

2ñh z2

Èexp (ie k z ) : (27)

The generati ng functi on in the xand yvari abl eshas the same general structure.

It is also a product of the ti me-dependent phase factor, the ti me-independent

Gaussian, and the phase facto r that is linear in the coordi nates

¢ ( x ; y ; t ) = exp (i' ( t )) exp Àm

2ñh Â^

MÂexp (i(t ) Â) ; (28)

where ^

Mis a 2È2symmetri c constant matri x, ( t) is a two-dimensional vector,

' ( t ) is a phase, and is the pro jection of the vector into the x y pl ane. Up on

substi tuti ng thi s ansatz into the Schrodinger equati on (20), one obta ins a set

of algebraic equati ons for the components of the matri x ^

M, a Ùrst-order linear

di ˜erenti al equati on for the vecto r ( t) and an expression for the deri vati ve of the

phase ' ( t ) ,

^

M2+i[^

¨ ; ^

M ] À^

V = 0; (29a)

d( t )

dt= ( Ài^

M + ^

¨ ) ( t ) ; (29b)

d' ( t )

dt=ÀTrf^

Mg

2Àñh (t)2

2 m ;(29c)

where ^

¨ = ff0 ; ¨ g;f À ¨ ; 0gg is the matri x representi ng the rotati on and ^

V =

ff!2; 0g;f0; ! 2g g is the matri x of the potenti al energy divided by m. The i ni tial

values are (0 ) = ; ' (0 ) = 0 . Equati ons (29) m ay besuccessively solved starti ng

38 I. Bi a¤ynicki -Bi r ula et al .

with the equati on for ^

M. The soluti on for the matri x ^

Mis

^

M =

"¨1(1 + ç ) i¨ ç

i¨ç ¨1(1 Àç )

#

;(30)

where

ç = ¯

s¨2

2À¨2

¨2

1À¨2= ¯

v

u

u

u

t2¨ 2À!2

xÀ!2

y+ 2 ¯ q(! 2

xÀ¨2)( ! 2

yÀ¨2)

2¨ 2À!2

xÀ!2À2¯ (! 2À¨2)( ! 2À¨2):(31)

Note that since ( ¨ 2

1À¨2)( ¨ 2

2À¨2) = ( ! 2À!2)2; ç is always real. In addi ti on,

the values of çat the boundari es of the stability region !and !are equal to

1 and { 1, respectively and the derivati ve of çwi th respect to ¨in the stability

regions is always positi ve

dç

d ¨ =2 ¨ ¯ ç

(! 2À¨2)( ! 2À¨2)> 0 : (32)

Typi cal behavi or of ças a functi on of ¨is shown in Fig. 5. Thus, the absolute value

of çinside the stability region is lesstha n 1. Theref ore, the matri x ^

Malwayshas a

¨

positi ve deÙnite real part and hence it deÙnes a bounded Gaussian wave functi on.

Once ^

Mhas been determined, the remaining two equati ons may be solved. W e

shall wri te down the soluti ons with the physi cal constants ñh and minserted

( t ) = exp[ ( Ài^

M+^

¨) t ] Â=e[cos(¨ 2t ) Ài(Â)sin( ¨ 2t)] Â;(33)

' ( t ) = ñh

2m Â[ f ( t ) + g ( t) ¥ + h ( t ) ¥ ] Â À ¨1t; (34)

where ¥;¥, and ¥are the standa rd Pauli m atri ces (i ntro duced here o nly for

conveni ence; there is no spin in our problem), is the following complex uni t

vector

Vortex Li nes i n Mot ion 39

b=1

¨2fiç¨ ; À¨ ; ç¨ 1g;(35)

and f ; g, and hare three complex functi ons of ti me

f ( t ) = Ài( ¨ 2

1À¨2)

2¨ 1( ¨ 2

1À¨2

2)+ieÀ2i ¨1t

È¨1( ¨ 2

2À¨2)[ ¨ 1cos(2 ¨ 2t ) + i¨2sin(2 ¨ 2t)] + ¨ 2( ¨ 2

1À¨2

2)

2 ¨ 1¨2

2( ¨ 2

1À¨2

2);(36a)

g ( t ) = ç eÀ2i ¨1t¨sin2( ¨ 2t )

¨2

2;(36b)

h ( t ) = iç ( ¨ 2

1À¨2)

2¨ 1( ¨ 2

1À¨2

2)Àiçe2i

È¨1[¨ 1( ¨ 2

2À¨2)cos(2 ¨ 2t ) + i¨2( ¨ 2

1À¨2)sin(2 ¨ 2t )] + ¨ 2( ¨ 2

1À¨2

2)

2¨ 1¨2

2( ¨ 2

1À¨2

2):(36c)

W e il lustra te our results wi th two simpl e conÙgura ti ons of vo rtex lines. The

Ùrst example inv olves tw o parallel vortex lines with the same circul ati on. These

vortex lines remain straight and parallel all the ti me (cf. Fig. 6). In the second

exam ple, two vortex lines have opposite circul ati on. In thi s casethe ti me evoluti on

is compl etely di ˜erent; b oth vortex lines become curved and m ove around i n a

compl icated fashion (cf. Fi g. 7).

40 I. Bi a¤ynicki -Bi r ula et al .

Fig. 7. Tw o vortex lines with opp osite circulatio n in a rotating trap.

5. Co n cl usion s

The m ain result of thi s paper is the extension of our m ethod of generati ng

functi ons to the case of a rota ting harm onic tra p. Such tra ps are now often used

in the exp eriments on the Bose{Ei nstein condensates. We have deri ved a com-

pl ete expression for the generati ng functi on in the case when the rotati on axis

coincides with one of the pri ncipal axes of the trap. In order to show its pra ctical

value, we have used thi s expression in a very simple case to Ùnd the motion of

two vortex lines. Our generati ng functi on may be used to study systemati cally

the m otion of more compl icated vortex structures. The serious limita ti on of thi s

metho d in applications to realisti c Bose{Ei nstein condensates is our use of the

linear appro ximati on to the wave equati on. However, as it wasargued in Ref. [11],

thi s appro ximatio n might be adequate to describe the moti on of vorti ces.

R efer en ces

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[2] A ristotle, D e Caelo ( On t he H eavens ), Bo ok II , C h. X I I I .

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