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Experiments on the rapid mechanical expansion of liquid 4He through its superfluid transition.

Efimov, V. B. and Griffiths, O. J. and Hendry, P. C. and Kolmakov, G. V. and McClintock, Peter V. E. and Skrbek, L. (2006) Experiments on the rapid mechanical expansion of liquid 4He through its superfluid transition. Physical Review E, 74 (5). 056305. ISSN 1539-3755

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    Phenomena following a rapid mechanical quench of liquid 4He from its normal to its superfluid phase are reported and discussed. The mechanical expansion apparatus is an improved version of that described previously. It uses a double-cell geometry to effect a partial separation of the sample from the convolutions of the bellows that form the outer wall of the cell. Consistent with earlier work, no evidence is found for the production of quantized vortices via the Kibble-Zurek (KZ) mechanism. Although the expansion is complete within 15 ms, the second-sound velocity and attenuation continue to increase for a further ∼60 ms; correspondingly the temperature decreases. Subsequently, the temperature rises again toward its final value as the second-sound velocity and attenuation decrease. It is shown that this unexpected behavior is apparently associated with a large-amplitude second-sound oscillation produced by the expansion, and it is suggested that the observed vortices are created by the normal fluid–superfluid counterflow that constitutes the second-sound wave. If production of large-amplitude second sound is inherent to the mechanical expansion of liquid 4He through the superfluid transition, as appears to be the case for final temperatures more than 3 mK from the λ transition, the phenomenon sets a lower bound on the density of KZ vortices that can be detected in this type of experiment.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review E
    Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
    ID Code: 10080
    Deposited By: Mr Michael Dunne
    Deposited On: 02 Jul 2008 20:21
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 03 Nov 2015 13:37
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