Low Temperature Physics: 32, 999 (2006); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2389003 (9 pages)
Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 32, Number 11 (November 2006), p. 1320-1329 ( to contents , go back )
Nonlinear and shock waves in superfluid He II
G.V. Kolmakov1,2, V.B. Efimov1,2, A. N. Ganshin2, P.V.E. McClintock2, E.V. Lebedeva1, and L.P. Mezhov-Deglin1
1Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Chernogolovka 142432, Russia
2Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YB, UK
Received May 31, 2006
We review studies of the generation and propagation of nonlinear and shock sound waves in He II (the superfluid phase of 4He), both under the saturated vapor pressure (SVP) and at elevated pressures. The evolution in shape of second and first sound waves excited by a pulsed heater
has been investigated for increasing power W of the heat pulse. It has been found that, by increasing the pressure P from SVP up to 25 atm, the temperature Ta, at which the nonlinearity coefficient a, of second sound reverse its sign, is decreased from 1.88 to 1.58 K. Thus at all pressures there exists a wide temperature range below Tl where a is negative, so that the temperature discontinuity (shock front) should be formed at the center of a propagating bipolar pulse of second sound. Numerical estimates show that, with rising pressure, the amplitude ratio of linear first and second sound waves generated by the heater at smallW should increase significantly. This effect has allowed us to observe at P= 13.3 atm a linear wave of heating (rarefaction) in first sound, and its transformation to a shock wave of cooling (compression). Measurements made at high W for pressures above and below the critical pressure in He II, Pcr = 2.2 atm, suggest that the main reason
for initiation of the first sound compression wave is strong thermal expansion of a layer of He I (the normal phase) created at the heater-He II interface when W exceeds a critical value. Experiments with nonlinear second sound waves in a high-quality resonator show that, when the driving amplitude of the second sound is sufficiently high, multiple harmonics of second sound waves are generated over a wide range of frequencies due to nonlinearity. At sufficiently high frequencies the nonlinear transfer of the wave energy to sequentially higher wave numbers is terminated by the viscous damping of the waves.
Key words: first and second sound, nonlinearity, acoustic turbulence.