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The formation and melting of He-3 clusters in phase-separated solid He-3-He-4 mixtures.

Haley, Richard P. and Adams, E. D. (1998) The formation and melting of He-3 clusters in phase-separated solid He-3-He-4 mixtures. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 110 (1-2). pp. 121-126. ISSN 0022-2291

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Abstract

Melting pressure measurements have been made on the He-3-rich phase formed by cooling a solid mixture of 0.6% He-3 in He-4 through phase separation, at pressures between 2.78 and 3.56 MPa. For comparison, simultaneous observations were made with the mixture confined in the pores of a silver sinter and in an open volume connected to the same fill-line. Samples in the sinter cell solidify at higher pressures than the open cell and equilibrate more quickly. Both cells exhibit hysteresis between melting and freezing temperatures, and the transitions are broader in the open-volume cell. Relative to pure He-3, the melting pressure is elevated by as much as 60 kPa in the sinter cell and 20 kPa in the open cell. The size of the pressure change on melting indicates that a large fraction of the He-3 remains solid at pressures below the melting curve, and this effect is more pronounced in the sinter cell. Measurements are in progress to measure the magnetisation through the magnetic ordering transition.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Low Temperature Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: SOLID HE-3 ; SOLID HE-4
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 23506
Deposited By: Dr Richard P. Haley
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2009 16:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/23506

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