Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 45, Number 3 (March 2019), p. 384-391    ( to contents , go back )

Microwave spectroscopy of superfluid He II

K.A. Chishko and A.S. Rybalko

B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 47 Nauky Ave., Kharkiv 61103, Ukraine

Received October 24, 2018


Experimentally observed with dielectric disc resonator technique the resonant microwave absorption-amplification in superfluid He II below λ-point has been interpreted theoretically as a phenomenon in electrically active dielectric medium with low-energy excitations which exist near the ground state of the He–He interatomic bond due to fine structure of spin subsystem in condensed helium phase. The experimentally registered microwave resonant absorption line with fres = 180.3 GHz at T = 1.4 K and fres = 150.0 GHz at T = 2.1 K is closely related to the standard value of roton gap Δ/kB = 8.64 K (179.36 GHz). The measured temperature dependence of the resonant absorption demonstrates an excellent agreement with the corresponding neutron diffraction data for Δ(T) known from different literature sources. From the common point of view the obtained resonant absorption provides a typical example of the microwave spectroscopy which occurs widely among molecular systems with rotational and vibrational degrees of freedom, but for the first time discovered on as simple atomic matter as a superfluid helium. We explain the phenomenon as an effect of spin-phonon interaction within superfluid He II phase, and our theoretical estimation gives an upper limit ~ 250 GHz for the microwave resonant response of the system at T = 0. We interpret the dielectric 4He superfluid as an electrically activeworking substance for low temperature MASER, and clarify the atomic mechanism of microwave absorption–amplification in the condensed helium phases.

Key words: superfluid He II, microwave absorption, He–He interatomic interaction, spin-phonon interaction.

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