Superfluid transition of 4He confined in porous glasses

M. H.W. Chan

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Recent results of superfluid density and heat capacity measurements of 4He confined in porous Vycor and aerogel glasses of very high porosity are reviewed. These measurements support the interpretation that the superfluid transition of 4He confined in Vycor belongs to the same universality class as that of bulk 4He. The superfluid density of 4He in aerogel glass can be described by a simpel power law to a reduced temperature of 10-4 K; however, the resultant critical exponent and heat capacity behavior are found to be distinctly different from that of bulk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica B: Physics of Condensed Matter
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Feb 2 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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