Superfluidity

non-classical state of the matter

Superfluidity is a quantum phenomenon in which a fluid has zero viscosity and, thus, exhibits flow without any internal frictional force. In 1937 (with publication in January 1938), superfluidity was discovered in liquid helium by Pyotr Kapitsa in Moscow and, independently, by John F. Allen and his student Don Misener in the Mond laboratory in Cambridge, UK.

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  • This paper presents an attempt of explaining the phenomenon of superfluidity on the basis of the theory of degeneracy of a non-perfect Bose-Einstein gas. By using the method of the second quantization together with an approximation procedure we show that in the case of the small interaction between molecules the low excited states of the gas can be described as a perfect Bose-Einstein gas of certain “quasi-particles” representing the elementary excitations, which cannot be identified with the individual molecules. The special form of the energy of a quasi-particle as a function of its momentum is shown to be connected with the superfluidity. The object of this paper is an attempt to construct a consistent molecular theory explaining the phenomenon of superfluidity without assumptions concerning the structure of the energy spectrum.
  • There is no unique relation between BEC and superfluidity. An ideal-gas Bose-Einstein condensate shows no superfluity and a two-dimensional superfluid shows no BEC. However, there are many cases in which BEC and superfluidity do occur simultaneously. Under such circumstances, a generic argument can be made, which offers insight into the interplay between BEC and superfluidity.

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