Solid Helium Three (Oxford Science Publications)

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9780198513827: Solid Helium Three (Oxford Science Publications)

The discovery of the astonishing properties of helium three crystals has been one of the hottest topics in low temperature physics over the last two decades. This book provides the first complete account of those properties, including descriptions and interpretations of critical experimental measurements. Beginning with the phase diagram and thermal properties of this uniquely quantum crystal, the author skillfully introduces current theories of solid helium and compares their predictions with measurements of the ground state, elastic and thermal properties, and phonon spectra. The extraordinary magnetic properties are described and discussed in chapters devoted to the paramagnetism, antiferromagnetism, and ferromagnetism of the different phases of solid helium. The text concludes with chapters on crystal growth and defects, and sections on monolayers, bilayers, and multilayers grown on a variety of substrates. Students and researchers in condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, and applied mathematics will welcome this exceptional new book.

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E. R. Dobbs, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of London, and Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Sussex.

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`For an introduction to the field, it is the choice to read - either from cover to cover or as a long-term reference. The author has done an excellent job in reducing the enormous wealth of experimental results, sometimes apparently contradictory to the essentials.

For the newcomer to the field it provides an introduction and a gateway to the current literature; for the beginning graduate student it provides a broad, unintimidating survey; for the expert who is momentarily overwhelmed by the volume of available data, it provides a distillation, to allow a
regrouping before a renewed attack on the original literature.'
Physics Today, December 1995

`This book is an important extension of earlier publications on the topic involving extremely low temperatures. This work provides the first complete account of the astonishing properties of the crystals of solid helium three ... will be found to be very useful and suitable for research staff
and students in physics and physical chemistry with an interest in current developments in this field.'
W Steckelmacher, University of Sussex, Vacuum/volume 46/number 1/1995

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