Tortuosity of 4He films on aerogel

C. E. Ashton, N. Mulders, A. I. Golov

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    A torsional oscillator has been used to study the flow of liquid 4He through silica aerogel. The tortuosity and dissipation of the flow in the fractal aerogel environment has been measured, for both capillary condensed films and a fully saturated cell. The scaling of tortuosity as a function of filling fraction has been investigated. We compare the results of our 88%-porous aerogel to a 92%-porous sample where a transverse sound technique was used. Our more sensitive technique has reduced the scatter in both the frequency and dissipation data. Like in the previous transverse sound experiment, we find tortuosity as a function of filling fraction to scale with an exponent of ∼ -1.1. Further experiments are planned, to find the dependence of the exponent on the fractal dimension and porosity of aerogel. © 2006 American Institute of Physics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-258
    Number of pages1
    JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • Aerogel
    • Fractal
    • Superfluidity


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