Wednesday, February 20, 2013

1302.4710 (D. E. Zmeev et al.)

Excimers He2* as Tracers of Quantum Turbulence in 4He in the T=0 Limit    [PDF]

D. E. Zmeev, F. Pakpour, P. M. Walmsley, A. I. Golov, W. Guo, D. N. McKinsey, G. G. Ihas, P. V. E. McClintock, S. N. Fisher, W. F. Vinen
We have studied the interaction of metastable $^4$He$_2^*$ excimer molecules with quantized vortices in superfluid $^4$He in the zero temperature limit. The vortices were generated by either rotation or ion injection. The trapping diameter of the molecules on quantized vortices was found to be $96\pm6$\,nm at a pressure of 0.1\,bar and $27\pm5$\,nm at 5.0 bar. We have also demonstrated that a moving tangle of vortices can carry the molecules through the superfluid helium.
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