McClintock, Peter V. E. (1984) Do cosmic rays account for superfluid 3He transition? Nature, 312 (5995). pp. 595-596. ISSN 1476-4687
In theory, the transition between the two principal superfluid forms of liquid 3He ought not to be able to occur. So why is it routinely observed to take place? A possible answer to this intriguing question has recently been put forward by A.J. Leggett. Writing in Physical Review Letters 53, 1096; 1984, he suggests that the transition, although prohibited from occuring spontaneously, readily takes place because of the occasional high energy cosmic ray that passes through any experimental chamber on the Earth's surface.
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