Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp 317–326

Nucleation of a non-equilibrium phase in a first order phase transition

  • T. A. Johnson
  • C. Elbaum

DOI: 10.1007/BF02397460

Cite this article as:
Johnson, T.A. & Elbaum, C. J Low Temp Phys (1997) 107: 317. doi:10.1007/BF02397460


We report a newly observed phenomenon of nucleation and first order phase transition, from superfluid helium-four, in which a metastable solid phase nucleates and grows from the overpressured liquid in preference to the stable phase. We discuss these results in terms of the difference in nucleation probabilities that arise from the different interfacial free energies of the phases.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. A. Johnson
    • 1
  • C. Elbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsBrow UniversityProvidenceUSA

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