Superfluid 3He in strong magnetic fields: Anomalous sound attenuation in the B phase and evidence for splitting of the AB transition

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  • J. M. Kyynäräinen
  • J.P. Pekola

  • A. J. Manninen
  • K. Torizuka

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Zero sound attenuation at 8.9 and 26.8 MHz in B3 shows an extremum at TAB in a field of 2 kG at low pressures, both in the stationary and in the rotating superfluid. This is in accordance with the prediction that a critical magnetic field separates two types of B phases at the AB transition line, with and without nodes in the energy gap, respectively, and with a change in the nature of the transition. The AB phase transition takes place via an intermediate state, possibly a new phase, characterized by excess sound attenuation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1030
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 1990
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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