Possible transmission experiments with low-velocity helium droplets

A. Wynveen, K. A. Lidke, Y. Lutsyshyn, J. W. Halley

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We show that very low velocity droplets can be used to carry out an experiment to test whether condensate mediated transmission processes can occur in a superfluid droplet of He4. By appropriately choosing the droplet radius and temperature, we can eliminate the competing roton, phonon, and ripplon mediated elastic transmission events. Then a calculation shows that if a few percent or more of the incident atoms experience anomalous condensate mediated transmission, the effects should be detectable in the droplet trajectories. We consider two forms of the experiment, involving a freely falling droplet in ambient vapor in the first instance and an oscillating droplet in a magnetic trap in the second.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054506
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 9 2007


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