The growth of solid 4He on graphite from the superfluid phase is known to occur at pressures well below the bulk solidification point. The number of adsorbed layers increases with pressure and the solid growth undergoes non-continuous layerby-layer growth at low temperature. We have studied this growth using the torsional oscillator method for isotherms down to 0.1 K. In contrast with simple layer-by-layer growth scenarios, our evidence suggests that the growth of adsorbed solid 4He is more complex and less solid is present on the graphite substrate at low temperature.
- Layering transitions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics