Questions tagged [superfluidity]

A flow with no viscosity

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Will a propeller work in a superfluid?

Will a propeller work in a superfluid? Opinions differ.
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What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation?

What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation? "Thought" experiments and "numerical" experiments are allowed. This question is motivated by the question Has BCS Cooper pair ...
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How to understand the emergent special relativity in the superfluid?

The superfluid vacuum theory was proposed to understand some features of the vacuum (aether) from the emergence point of view. Although made up of non-relativistic atoms, the low-energy excitations of ...
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Would an airplane flying through superfluid helium experience lift and drag?

Would an airplane flying through superfluid helium experience lift and drag? The airplane is presumed cold enough to not heat up the helium.
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What does the term liquid mean in condensed matter physics?

In condensed matter physics, people always say quantum liquid or spin liquid. What does liquid mean?
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Why are superfluid vortex lattices stable?

Both (a) neutral superfluids that are externally rotated, and (b) type-II superconductors (i.e. charged superfluids) under applied magnetic fields between the critical fields $h_{c1}$ and $h_{c2}$, ...
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Do we have magnetic monopole? Is charge, according to yesterdays paper on Nature by Ray-Roukokoski-Kandel-Möttönen-Hall (30.01.14) quantized?

As everybody here knows, Maxwell's equation would look more beautiful if a magnetig charge were present. Beyond the aesthetics question, if a single magnetic Dirac monopole would be found, the ...
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Are all bose-einstein condensates superfluid?

I feel like the answer should be "no" since all superfluids are not strictly BEC since they can undergo a Kosterlitz–Thouless transition in 2D, for example. I believe the ideal gas isn't superfluid, ...
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Why is the BCS trial function valid across the BEC-BCS crossover?

In one of the two main theoretical approaches used in describing ultracold Fermi gases and the BEC-BCS crossover, the so-called BCS-Leggett approach, the starting point is the BCS trial wavefunction: ...
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Are there Goldstone bosons in 1D or 2D?

The Mermin-Wagner theorem states that continuous symmetries cannot be spontaneously broken at finite temperature in systems with short-range interactions in dimensions d ≤ 2. And Goldstone bosons ...
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BCS-BEC crossover

It would be really helpful if somebody could describe what does one mean by a BEC-BCS Crossover. I was going through articles available on the topic, but I was unable to grasp the gist of the topic.
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Feshbach resonance in simple terms

I was reading up Feshbach resonances in cold atoms and I was unable to grasp the concept. I will tell you what I have understood. We consider two body scattering processes elastic as well as inelastic....
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What is off-diagonal long range order in superfluid?

From Wikipedia: [...]Off-diagonal long-range order (ODLRO) [...] exists whenever there is a macroscopically large factored component (eigenvalue) in a reduced density matrix of any order. How to ...
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What is so topological about topological phase transitions?

I am studying the KT-transition, which is called a topological phase transition. The phase transition is driven by vortices in a 2-D superfluid, where it is shown that at a critical temperature $T_c$ ...
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What is a superfluid in field theoretic terms?

I'm wondering how one precisely defines a superfluid in terms of the effective field theory description. In Nicolis's paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.2513 there seems to be an extremely simple ...
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What is the difference between superfluidity and Bose condensation?

My question is about zero-temperature ground state of a Bose system. Suppose that the system stabilizes a BEC order parameter, say $\langle b^+ \rangle$, and fixes its phase. Is this a superfluid? And ...
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Why is chemical potential, μ=0 when calculating critical temperature of BECs?

How do we justify taking the chemical potential, $\mu$ as $0$ when calculating the critical temperature of Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs)? I apologise as I do not how to use LaTeX, for if I did the ...
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Cosmic background radiation vs superfluids

I've been reading a lot about superfluids lately (fluids that are cooled to such a degree that they no longer obey the standard laws of physics) in various physics journals and realized that the ...
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Do neutron stars emit stellar flares?

Since stellar flares are formed from the magnetic energy of a star, is it probable to assume that neutron stars can emit stellar flares as well? If so, how would the super fluid material of the star ...
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Two-fluid description of superfluidity

I'm trying to teach myself about superfluidity and I'm slightly confused on the ''two-fluid'' description. From what I understand, the superfluid is considered to be a mixture of two fluids, a ...
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Is density fluctuation gapless in superfluid?

Deep in the superfluid phase, the superfluid order parameter $\phi$ can be decomposed into the amplitude (density) mode $\rho$ and the phase mode $\theta$ as $$\phi=\sqrt{\rho} e^{\mathrm{i}\theta}.$$ ...
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Superfluid $\Leftrightarrow$ Bose-Einstein condensate?

On the Wikipedia page on superfluidity one can find the sentence not all Bose-Einstein condensates can be regarded as superfluids, and not all superfluids are Bose–Einstein condensates. So I was ...
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Does every superfluid have a normal and a superfluid component?

After seeing the question Will a propeller work in a superfluid?, I remembered an old video by Alfred Leitner (1'50'' and 3'00'')where he experimentally shows that liquid Helium below the $\lambda$ ...
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How can helium be liquid at absolute zero, given the Third Law of Thermodynamics? [duplicate]

I learned recently that Helium is a liquid even at 0K. Doesn't that mean that it still have some entropy? If so, does it not violate the postulate of thermodynamics that states that entropy must go to ...
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Superfluidity and superconductivity?

Superfluidity and superconductivity? Is there any relation between the two aside from the fact that they are somewhat analogies , I see a lot of people on the internet who claim the helium (in it's ...
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Looking for a complete review of the BEC-BCS crossover

I'm looking for comprehensive review of the BEC-BCS crossover, both from a theoretical point of view, and from a experimental one. Even something at textbook level, but exhaustive, would be OK, but I ...
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Third-order topological quantum phase transition in p+ip superfluid

A two-dimensional spinless non-relativistic p+ip superfluid undergoes a quantum phase transition between the BCS (weakly-coupled) and BEC (strongly-coupled) regimes. This transition is driven by ...
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Phonons, rotons, and maxons

What are phonons, rotons, and maxons, and what does their dispersion curve have to do with superfluidity? I understand that they are quasiparticles, but I'm not entirely sure what that implies. Are ...
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Are there Goldstone bosons in the spontaneous normal to superfluid transition?

The normal to the superfluid transition of liquid helium breaks is a U(1) global symmetry. Since it is a continuous, global symmetry (unlike superconductivity which is a gauge theory), I expect that ...
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Why aren't all quantum systems superfluids

Simply I was just wandering why aren't all quantum systems (F-D and BE condensates) superfluids at low temp like He 3 and 4?
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Simple & intuitive explanation of superfluidity?

I know that superfluidity is caused by the fluid having zero viscosity. This only happens at very low temperature, so the fluid (e.g. Helium-4) is a Bose-Einstein condensate. I also know that in a ...
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Why do pairing and condensation occur simultaneously in superconductors?

Bose condensation in the weak-coupling limit (such as BCS superconductors) and the strong-coupling limit (like BECs of atoms) can be unified into a single framework by the BEC-BCS crossover. One key ...
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Helium-4 superfluidity and gauge symmetry breaking

Is there an accessible account of superfluidity in Helium-4 as a manifestation of "global gauge symmetry" breaking? And what is meant by "global gauge symmetry"? I was taught that gauge symmetries ...
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What is the Difference between a Lepton and a Fermion?

As the Title Says: I am Wondering what the Difference between a Lepton and A Fermion is. I know they both have an ½ integer spin number e.g. a electron, an atom with an odd mass number such as Helium-...
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Why water is not superfluid?

My question is in the title. I do not really understand why water is not a superfluid. Maybe I make a mistake but the fact that water is not suprfluid comes from the fact that the elementary ...
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What's the difference and relationship between perfect fluid and superfluid?

Sorry for this naive question, I just cannot find good references talking about the difference and relationship between perfect fluid and superfluid. Could someone explain this to me or point me to ...
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Why is the symmetric phase in a Bose gas not superfluid?

In the theory of superfluidity in weakly interacting Bose gases, one finds that in the symmetric phase the exctitations have the dispersion relation $\omega = \frac{k^2}{2m}-\mu$ with gap $\Delta=-\...
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Superfluid rotating frame of reference

I'm currently studying a text about Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and vortices. When they want to study whether a vortex will be formed, they look at the fact wether it's enegetically favorable. ...
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The bizarre behaviour of superfluids! Climbing up walls and geting out of glass beakers

SUPERFLUIDITY: Superfluidity is one of the most amazing quantum phenomena, which we can sit and watch them happening before our eyes! Watch this video, it is only a couple of minutes long, which ...
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BCS theory for neutral fermions

As I understand it, Cooper pairs form between two fermions and are the cause of superconductivity. I was told by a teacher that the formation of Cooper pairs and BCS theory requires both fermions to ...
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Is there any other superfluid element except helium?

Is there any other superfluid element except helium? Everywhere we see and speak about superfluidity, we just speak about superfluid helium. but is't there any other element or material or system ...
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Symmetry breaking in Bose-Hubbard model

According to Landau's symmetry breaking theory, there is a symmetry breaking when phase transition occurs. What is the symmetry breaking of superfluid-Mott insulator transition in Bose-Hubbard model?...
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periodic boundary conditions for vortex in a square lattice

I am trying to follow this paper and track the dynamics of vortex motion on a discrete (square) lattice. The idea is to simulate the time evolution of the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) equation, which reads (...
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Holographic Superfluid Space Time and Temperature

I am approaching this from a layman’s perspective and curious about what those more expert in the field have to say about my understanding of Superfluid vacuum theory and the holographic principle and ...
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What causes liquid helium to climb walls?

It is a phenomenon which can be observed if your search on the web. Apparently liquid Helium can crawl up through walls. Does every superfluid do this crawling action or is it just special for liquid ...
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How is angular momentum stored in the superfluid component of pulsars?

I am trying to understand current theories about why pulsars glitch. I have come across two explanations that I'm assuming are complementary, but which I am having trouble reconciling. The inner ...
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Can superfluids pass through ordinary baryonic matter?

Since superfluids consists of integer spin bosons or effective bosonic Cooper-paired fermions, Pauli Exclusion Principle does not apply to them. They can thus occupy the same quantum state as any ...
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How does the macroscopic wavefunction build up from a zero value to nonzero value?

I can understand how does spontaneous magnetization (the order parameter in paramagnetic to ferromagnetic transition) gradually build up as the temperature is lowered below the critical temperature. ...
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Charge-Vortex Duality for Bosons

Consider a (2+1)d continuum field theory with the Minkowski action $$\mathcal{L}=|\partial\phi|^2-r|\phi|^2-u|\phi|^4,$$ where $\phi$ is a complex field. The theory undergoes a quantum phase ...
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What if an ocean planet is covered by superfluid ocean? [closed]

It is possible that an ocean planet can be covered by superfluid state liquid. What will happens on this kind of planet? Will there be any changes to tide? Will there be strong magnetic field? Will ...