Superfluid dissipation in thin films of 4He adsorbed on graphite

P. A. Crowell, J. D. Reppy

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We have completed a torsional oscillator study of superfluidity in thin films of 4He adsorbed on the basal plane of graphite for coverages above one atomic layer. In this report we focus on the details of the superfluid dissipation. For coverages above 2 1 4 layers we resolve a dissipation peak at the superfluid transition. The evolution of this peak with increasing coverage is distinct from the behavior observed on heterogeneous substrates such as mylar. In particular, we observe two coverage regions, in the third and fourth layers, where the temperature of the dissipation maximum is nearly independent of the coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-622
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 DMR-8921733 and by the MRL program of the NSF under Grant DMR-91-21654; MSC Report No. 7564.

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