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Direct measurement of the critical velocity above which a tuning fork generates turbulence in superfluid helium.

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Journal publication date02/2010
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Journal number3-4
Volume158
Number of pages6
Pages456-461
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The dynamics of an electrically-driven 8 kHz quartz tuning fork has been studied experimentally in liquid helium-4 in the temperature range 1.3 < T <4.2 K under the saturated vapour pressure. The fork has relatively large dimensions compared to standard 32 kHz fork used in recent investigations. The velocity of the tip of the fork prong is measured by the indirect electromechanical equivalent method and is compared with the velocity of another 8 kHz fork (from the same batch) determined by direct optical measurement of the oscillation amplitude through Michelson interferometry. A comparison of these results has provided absolute values for the critical velocity of the transition to the turbulent state.