Friday, November 16, 2012

1211.3696 (Alessia Berti et al.)

A thermodynamically consistent Ginzburg-Landau model for superfluid
transition in liquid helium

Alessia Berti, Valeria Berti
In this paper we propose a thermodynamically consistent model for superfluid-normal phase transition in liquid helium, accounting for variations of temperature and density. The phase transition is described by means of an order parameter, according to the Ginzburg-Landau theory, emphasizing the analogies between superfluidity and superconductivity. The normal component of the velocity is assumed to be compressible and the usual phase diagram of liquid helium is recovered. Moreover, the continuity equation leads to a dependence between density and temperature in agreement with the experimental data.
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