Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 187, Issue 5–6, pp 459–467 | Cite as

Nonlinear Ultrasound Propagation in Solid \(^4\hbox {He}\) Compared with Shear Modulus Experiments



Ultrasound attenuation (\(\alpha \)) and velocity (V) at 9.6 MHz are measured in polycrystalline hcp \(^4\hbox {He}\). The ultrasound signal above 200 mK is linear and understood in terms of resonant vibration of dislocation segments pinned between network nodes with an average pinning length of 3.7 \(\mu \hbox {m}\), much shorter than 59 \(\mu \hbox {m}\) estimated from a shear modulus measurement. Dramatic changes in \(\alpha \) and V are observed below 200 mK. The changes are strongly dependent on temperature and are nonlinear and hysteretic. These effects result from pinning of dislocations by \(^3\hbox {He}\) impurities (nominal concentration of 0.3 ppm). The dislocation damping constant due to thermal phonons, the binding energy between dislocation and \(^3\hbox {He}\), and the average network pinning length obtained from the ultrasound data are compared with those from the shear modulus experiments.


Solid helium Dislocation Pinning Ultrasound 



The authors are grateful to John Goodkind for providing us with the ultrasound equipment. This research was supported by NSF DMR1005325.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kanagawa UniversityKanagawaJapan
  2. 2.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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