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Contrasting mechanical anisotropies of the superfluid He-3 phases in aerogel.

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Journal publication date02/2007
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Number of pages0
Original languageEnglish


There has been much recent interest in how impurity scattering may affect the phases of the p-wave superfluid He-3. Impurities may be added to the otherwise absolutely pure superfluid by immersing it in aerogel. Some predictions suggest that impurity scattering may destroy orientational order and force all of the superfluid phases to have an isotropic superfluid density. In contrast to this, we present experimental data showing that the response of the A-like phase to superfluid flow is highly anisotropic, revealing a texture that is easily modified by flow.