Nancolas, G. G. and McClintock, Peter V. E. and Moss, F. E. and Bowley, R. M. (1981) Temperature-dependent vortex nucleation in isotopically pure superfluid 4He. Journal of Physics C: Solid State Physics, 14. L681-L686. ISSN 0022-3719Full text not available from this repository.
We have investigated the temperature dependence of the rate nu which negative ions nucleate vortex rings in isotopically pure superfluid 4He. Measurements of nu(E,T) are presented for a pressure of 23 bar with electric fields E in 5.8 < E < 1.2 x l0^6 V m-l and temperatures T in 0.3 < T < 0.8 K. Provided that due allowance is made for the drag arising from ion-excitation scattering, (nu - nu0) is proportional to Nr, where Nr is the thermal roton density and nu0 is the temperature-dependent limiting value of nu below 0.5 K. We show that this discovery is consistent with the existence of an additional vortex nucleation mechanism, characterised by a critical velocity reduced by roton absorption, but ultimately determined by a requirement for the conservation of energy and momentum.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Physics C: Solid State Physics|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics|
|Deposited By:||Professor P. V. E. McClintock|
|Deposited On:||12 Apr 2010 08:53|
|Last Modified:||04 Nov 2015 01:27|
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