Properties of melting 3He: Specific heat, entropy, latent heat, and temperature

W. P. Halperin*, F. B. Rasmussen, C. N. Archie, R. C. Richardson

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A sequence of experiments has been performed to measure thermal properties of liquid and solid 3He between the temperatures 1 and 25 mK at melting curve densities. A two-phase mixture of 3He sample was self-cooled by the Pomeranchuk method. A heat pulse technique was used, combined with measurements of pressure and volume, to yield separate determinations of liquid and solid properties: the specific heat of liquid 3He in the normal Fermi liquid and superfluid phases; the entropy of solid 3He above and through a nuclear magnetic transition at 1.10 mK; and an absolute thermodynamic temperature scale based on measurement of latent heat of conversion of liquid to solid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-698
Number of pages82
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jun 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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