Theory of heat transport of normal liquid3He in aerogel

J. A. Sauls, Priya Sharma

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The introduction of liquid 3He into a silica aerogel provides us with a model system in which to study the effects of disorder on the properties of a strongly correlated Fermi liquid. The transport of heat, mass and spin exhibits cross-over behavior from a high temperature regime, where inelastic scattering dominates, to a low temperature regime dominated by elastic scattering off the aerogel. We report exact and approximate solutions to the Boltzmann-Landau transport equation for the thermal conductivity of liquid 3He, including elastic scattering of quasi-particles by the aerogel and inelastic quasi-particle collisions. These results provide quantitative predictions on the transport properties of liquid 3He in aerogels over a wide range of pressures, temperatures and aerogel densities. In particular, we obtain a scaling function, F(T/T*), for the normalized thermal conductivity, κ/κel, in terms of a reduced temperature, T/ T*, where T* is a cross-over temperature defined by the elastic and inelastic collision rates. Theoretical results are compared with the available experimental data for the thermal conductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number083056
JournalNew Journal of Physics
StatePublished - Aug 26 2010

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