Anomalous growth of c-facets in 4He crystals at mK-temperatures

Jussi Ruutu*, Pertti Hakonen, Alexei Babkin, Jari Penttilä, Jari Saramäki

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We have studied growth of c-facets in 4He crystals without screw dislocations at temperatures 2 - 200 mK. High-resolution optical interferometry allowed us to resolve interfacial speeds down to 0.01 nm/s. Contrary to expectations, c-facets were found to grow about 1 atomic layer/sec at relatively small overpressures of 0.1 mbar; this rate decreased by a factor of ten when temperature was increased from 20 mK up to 200 mK. At larger speeds, growth of c-facets consisted of consecutive bursts whose distribution in pressure displayed a strong temperature dependence. The method for measuring small rates of facet growth is described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-464
Number of pages2
JournalCzechoslovak Journal of Physics
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1996
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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