Tunneling from electron bubbles beneath the surface of liquid helium

Milton W. Cole, James R. Klein

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Schoepe and Rayfield have measured the lifetime Τ for escape of electrons from bubbles beneath a liquid He surface. We compute Τ using the tunneling Hamiltonian method of Bardeen. If accepted bubble parameters are assumed, Τ is found to be approximately two orders of magnitude smaller than the measured value. Agreement with experiment can be obtained if the radius is taken to be 50% larger than currently believed. We consider the effects of diffuseness of the bubble boundary, diffuseness of the liquid-vapor interface, and polarizability of the bubble. A discrepancy remains which may be explicable in terms of surface deformation when the bubble is very close to the surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-346
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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