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Magnetic phase transition in a nanonetwork of solid (3)He in aerogel

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Journal publication date09/2010
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Journal number12
Volume105
Number of pages0
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

When immersed in liquid (3)He, the nanometer strands of aerogel are coated with a thin layer of solid (3)He, forming a network of irregular nanotubes. Owing to its high purity and weak interactions, this system is ideal for studying fundamental processes. We report the first experiments on solid 3He in aerogel at ultralow temperatures, cooled by direct adiabatic demagnetization. Simultaneous nuclear magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements indicate a magnetic phase transition.

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