A low-frequency, high-amplitude, torsional oscillator for studies of quantum fluids and solids

Guénault, Anthony M. and McClintock, Peter V. E. and Poole, Malcolm and Schanen, Roch and Tsepelin, Viktor and Zmeev, Dmitry E. and Schmoranzer, David and Vinen, W. F. and Garg, Deepak and Devi, Kalpana (2023) A low-frequency, high-amplitude, torsional oscillator for studies of quantum fluids and solids. Physics of Fluids, 35: 045146. ISSN 1070-6631

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Abstract

We introduce a low-frequency torsional oscillator suitable for studies of quantum fluids and solids. It operates at frequencies of ∼100 Hz, achieves velocities of several cm s−1, and exhibits a quality factor of Q ≃ 3×10^4. In order to achieve such velocities at this relatively low frequency, the oscillator amplitude must exceed 100 μm, which would be impracticable for a conventional capacitor-driven device where the drive is applied parallel to the main motion and there are correspondingly large changes in the separation of the capacitor plates. For the different geometry of the oscillator that we now describe, however, the separations of both the drive and detect capacitor plates remain constant regardless of the amplitude of oscillation. We discuss its design, and report our initial tests of its performance.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Physics of Fluids
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Research Output Funding/yes_externally_funded
Subjects:
?? yes - externally fundedyescondensed matter physicsfst keywords: ??
ID Code:
190536
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Deposited On:
11 Apr 2023 15:20
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Yes
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Published
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02 Dec 2023 01:35