We present a phenomenological analysis of an experiment to observe the condensate fraction of helium-4 by firing low-energy pulses of helium atoms at suspended droplets of the superfluid and observing the resulting emission of helium atoms from the fluid. Emission occurs through a conventional process in which rotons are produced and propagate to the other side of the droplet, and through a second process depending on the existence of the condensate. If A is the area of the incoming beam, the cross section scales with A2 (first process) and A4 (second process), respectively, for small A. Aspects of a fully many body calculation and the performance of such an experiment are briefly discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1993|