Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 184, Issue 5–6, pp 1054–1070 | Cite as

Strong-Coupling and the Stripe Phase of \(^3\)He

  • Joshua J. WimanEmail author
  • J. A. Sauls


Thin films of superfluid \(^{3}\)He were predicted, based on weak-coupling BCS theory, to have a stable phase which spontaneously breaks translational symmetry in the plane of the film. This crystalline superfluid, or “stripe” phase, develops as a one-dimensional periodic array of domain walls separating degenerate B phase domains. We report calculations of the phases and phase diagram for superfluid \(^{3}\)He in thin films using a strong-coupling Ginzburg–Landau theory that accurately reproduces the bulk \(^{3}\)He superfluid phase diagram. We find that the stability of the Stripe phase is diminished relative to the A phase, but the Stripe phase is stable in a large range of temperatures, pressures, confinement, and surface conditions.


Superfluid \(^3\)He Phase transitions Confined quantum liquids 



The research of JJW and JAS was supported by the National Science Foundation (Grants DMR-1106315 and DMR-1508730).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics & AstronomyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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