The Free Surface of Rotating 4He Thick Films

  • P. L. Marston
  • W. M. Fairbank


Surface profiles of He II with an initial thickness of 6–50 μm were measured for a rotating and stationary cylindrical container. Equilibrium porfiles are consistent with <vSθ> = v = ωr, vnr > 0 and <vsr> < 0. Metastable depressions created after sudden spin-up appear to be a superfluid vortex with a circulation of several hundred h/m.


Free Surface Fringe Pattern Bulk Liquid Cylinder Wall Liquid Height 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Marston
    • 1
  • W. M. Fairbank
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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