Low Temperature Physics: 38, 1049 (2012); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4765093 (6 pages)
Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 38, Number 11 (November 2012), p. 1329-1335 ( to contents , go back )
Thermal conductivity and torsional oscillations of solid 4He
M.Yu. Brazhnikov1,2, D.E. Zmeev1,3, and A.I. Golov1
1School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
2Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region 142432, Russia
3Department of Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YB, UK
Received August 10, 2012
Polycrystalline samples of hcp 4He of molar volume Vm = 19.5 cm3 with small amount of 3He impurities were grown in an annular container by the blocked-capillary method. Three concentrations of 3He, x3, were studied: isotopically purified 4He with the estimated x3 < 10–10, commercial ‘well-grade’ helium with x3 ~ 3·10–7 and a mixture with x3 = 2.5·10–6. Torsional oscillations at two frequencies, 132.5 and 853.6 Hz, and thermal conductivity were investigated before and after annealing. The solid helium under investigation was located not only in the annular container but also in the axial fill line inside two torsion rods and dummy bob of the doublefrequency torsional oscillator. The analysis of the frequency shifts upon loading with helium and changing temperatures of different parts of the oscillator suggests that the three techniques probe the properties of solid helium in three different locations: the two different torsion modes respond to the changes of the shear modulus of solid helium in either of the two torsion rods while the thermal conductivity probes the phonon mean free path in solid helium inside the annular container. The temperature and width of the torsional anomaly increase with increasing frequency and x3. The phonon mean free path increases with increasing x3. Annealing typically resulted in an increased phonon mean free path but often in little change in the torsional oscillator response. While the magnitude of the torsional anomaly and phonon mean free path can be very different in different samples, no correlation was found between them.
PACS: 67.80.bd Superfluidity in solid 4He, supersolid 4He;
Key words: solid helium, torsional oscillations, shear modulus, phonon mean free path, vibrating dislocations, isotopic impurities.