Casimir forces, surface fluctuations, and thinning of superfluid film.

Abstract

Recent experiments on the wetting of 4He have shown that the film becomes thinner at the lambda transition and in the superfluid phase. The difference in thickness above and below the transition has been attributed to a Casimir interaction which is a consequence of a broken continuous symmetry in the bulk superfluid. However, the observed thinning of the… (More)

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