Do cosmic rays account for superfluid 3He transition?

McClintock, Peter V. E. (1984) Do cosmic rays account for superfluid 3He transition? Nature, 312 (5995). pp. 595-596. ISSN 1476-4687

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Nature
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/qc
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 33038
Deposited By: Professor P. V. E. McClintock
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2010 13:10
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 23:33

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