Static and Dynamic Textures in Superfluid 3He-A

  • Louis J. Buchholtz
  • Alexander L. Fetter


Static textures in confined superfluid 3He-A near Tc are studied with the Ginzburg-Landau free energy. Plane boundaries induce a uniform texture that becomes deformed at a critical perpendicular magnetic field; above that value, the mean super-fluid density measured in torsional oscillations decreases mono-tonically from \(\rho _s^ \bot \) to ρs ||. Cylindrical boundaries induce a flared texture, with a circulating current and an angular momentum per particle ≈ 0.782 hρs||/ρ; this configuration deforms continuously with increasing axial magnetic field up to a critical value, when a discrete transition takes place to a planar texture with neither current nor angular momentum. Leggett’s dynamical equations are generalized to incorporate static inhomogeneous textures, which then represent the zero-order solutions in the presence of a weak r-f field. The first-order response characterizes the various textures, which may permit an unambiguous experimental identification.


Orbital Angular Momentum Torsional Oscillation Total Free Energy Discrete Transition Axial Magnetic Field 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis J. Buchholtz
    • 1
  • Alexander L. Fetter
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical Physics, Department of PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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