Inside a quantum solid

Authors: POLTURAK, EMIL; GOV, NIR

Source: Contemporary Physics, Volume 44, Number 2, March-April 2003 , pp. 145-151(7)

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd

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Abstract:

A quantum solid is intrinsically 'restless', in the sense that atoms continuously vibrate about their position and exchange places even at the absolute zero of temperature. The archetypal quantum solid is low density solid helium. This paper describes some recent experiments done on solid He which illuminate the distinction of a quantum solid from a classical one, and relate some of these properties to new theoretical predictions.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0010751021000029633

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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