Czechoslovak Journal of Physics

, Volume 46, Supplement 1, pp 373–374 | Cite as

Magnetic levitation of liquid helium

  • H. J. Maris
  • M. A. Weilert
  • D. L. Whitaker
  • G. M. Seidel
Liquid Helium

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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© Institute of Physics, Acad. Sci. CR 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Maris
    • 1
  • M. A. Weilert
    • 1
  • D. L. Whitaker
    • 1
  • G. M. Seidel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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