Czechoslovak Journal of Physics

, Volume 46, Supplement 1, pp 373–374

Magnetic levitation of liquid helium

Authors

  • H. J. Maris
    • Department of PhysicsBrown University
  • M. A. Weilert
    • Department of PhysicsBrown University
  • D. L. Whitaker
    • Department of PhysicsBrown University
  • G. M. Seidel
    • Department of PhysicsBrown University
Liquid Helium

DOI: 10.1007/BF02569602

Cite this article as:
Maris, H.J., Weilert, M.A., Whitaker, D.L. et al. Czech J Phys (1996) 46: 373. doi:10.1007/BF02569602

Abstract

We report on the stable levitation of liquid helium drops of up to 2 cm diameter at temperatures down to 1.5 K. We frequently observe two drops in the magnetic trap which are held in apparent contact for up to 3 minutes without coalescing. This non-coalescence effect appears to occur only above the superfluid transition temperature and is explained in terms of the existence of a vapor layer between the drops.

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