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Cosmological experiments in liquid helium

Hendry, P. C. and McClintock, Peter V. E. (1999) Cosmological experiments in liquid helium. Nonlinear Phenomena in Complex Systems, 2 (4). pp. 26-35. ISSN 1561-4085

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    Fast passage through a continuous phase transition is expected to result in the creation of topical defects via the Kibble mechanism. Recent experiments involving the expansion of a small volume of liquid He-4 through the lambda (superfluid) transition, as a model of the GUT (grand unified theory) symmetry-breaking transition of the early universe, are discussed and set in context. Copious creation of quantized vortices, analogous to cosmic strings, is expected but not observed. The possibility of developing a more sensitive version of the experiment is considered.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Nonlinear Phenomena in Complex Systems
    Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
    ID Code: 31962
    Deposited By: Professor P. V. E. McClintock
    Deposited On: 08 Mar 2010 14:42
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 05:27
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