Heat capacity of thin films of 4He in Vycor near the critical coverage

F. W. Van Keuls, P. A. Crowell, J. D. Reppy

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We report on a study of the heat capacity of thin films of 4He adsorbed in porous Vycor glass for temperatures between 20 and 700 mK. As in previous work, we find a critical coverage, nc∼26.6μmoles/m2, above which we find superfluidity. For coverages greater than nc, the heat capacity varies linearly with temperature above the superfluid transition temperature Tc. We also observe a linear dependence at high temperatures for coverages below nc. At lower temperatures, however, the heat capacity for these coverages decreases with a much stronger temperature dependence. We discuss these data in the context of recent theoretical work on the onset of superfluidity in disordered systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-624
Number of pages2
JournalPhysica B: Physics of Condensed Matter
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Feb 2 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the NSF under Grant No. DMR-8921733 and by the MRL program of the NSF under Grant. No. DMR-91-21654, MSC Report No. 7563.


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