Observation of classical rotational inertia and nonclassical supersolid signals in solid 4He below 250 mK.

  title={Observation of classical rotational inertia and nonclassical supersolid signals in solid 4He below 250 mK.},
  author={A. S. Rittner and J. Reppy},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={97 16},
We have confirmed the existence, as first reported by Kim and Chan, of a supersolid state in solid 4He at temperatures below 250 mK. We have employed a torsional oscillator cell with a square cross section to insure a locking of the solid to the oscillating cell. We find that the nonclassical rotational inertia signal is not a universal property of solid 4He but can be eliminated through an annealing of the solid helium sample. This result has important implications for our understanding of the… Expand

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