Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 94, Issue 1–2, pp 125–144 | Cite as

Nucleation of Bubbles on quantized vortices in helium-4

  • Humphrey J. Maris
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We consider the properties of vortices in superfluid helium-4 at negative pressure. Based on a simple density-functional model, we first calculate the density profile in the vicinity of a vortex. We then determine the negative pressure at which the vortex becomes unstable against a uniform radial expansion all along its length. This instability occurs at −6.9 bars. We then calculate the pressure-dependence of the energy Δ Enuc required to nucleate a bubble on the vortex. The results of this calculation are used to estimate the effect of quantized vortices on the rate at which bubbles are nucleated in superfluid helium at negative pressure.


Vortex Magnetic Material Negative Pressure Density Profile Radial Expansion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Humphrey J. Maris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsBrown UniversityProvidence

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