Neutron reflectometry from surface of liquid 3He/4He film on silicon wafer


A superfluid helium film can host a variety of exotic quantum phenomena, such as the topological Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless transition, Rollins film flow and “Third sound”. Earlier, we proposed an experimental set-up based on a standard silicon wafer (RB1510035), which allowed us to observe (5 months ago) for the first time 163 Å thick 4He and 0.1% 3He/4He mixture films formed on a silicon surface, using the neutron reflectometer POLREF. In our experiment we were able to observe and study several quantum liquid effects previously observed by other methods. However, taking into account the importance of these results, and our ambition to publish it in a highly rated journal, we need to repeat these measurements to prove the reproducibility of reflectivity density profiles of superfluid He mixture film obtained in the earlier experiment.

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Creator Professor Peter McClintock; Dr Chris Lawson; Dr Oleg Kirichek; Dr Christy Kinane
Publisher ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Publication Year 2022
Rights CC-BY Attribution 4.0 International;
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Contact isisdata(at)
Resource Type Dataset
Discipline Natural Sciences; Physics
Temporal Coverage Begin 2019-03-14T08:30:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2019-03-20T13:36:46Z