Tuesday, August 7, 2012

1208.0842 (D. Sato et al.)

Observation of Self-binding in Monolayer $^3$He    [PDF]

D. Sato, K. Naruse, T. Matsui, Hiroshi Fukuyama
We report clear experimental signatures of the theoretically unexpected gas-liquid transition in the first three monolayers of $^3$He adsorbed on graphite. The transition is inferred from the linear density dependence of the $\gamma$-coefficient of the heat capacity measured in the degenerate region (2 $\le T \le$80 mK) below a critical liquid density ($\rho_{c0}$). Surprisingly, the measured $\rho_{c0}$ values (0.6$\sim$0.9 nm$^{-2}$) are nearly the same for all these monolayers in spite of their quite different environments. We conclude that the ground-state of $^3$He in strict two dimensions is not a dilute quantum gas but a self-bound quantum liquid with the lowest density ever found.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.0842

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