The Original Paper

The paper announcing the discovery of superfluid Helium 3 (the basis for this year's Nobel Prize in Physics) was

D. D. Osheroff, R. C. Richardson, and D. M. Lee, ``Evidence for a New Phase of Solid He-3'', Physical Review Letters 28, 885 (April, 1972). © Copyright Physical Review Letters, 1972.

Notice that we didn't understand everything about the new phase for some time. In particular, the authors were wrong in thinking that the phase was a solid. They cleared this up in a later paper,

D. D. Osheroff, W. J. Gully, R. C. Richardson, and D. M. Lee, ``New Magnetic Phenomena in Liquid He-3 below 3 mK'', Physical Review Letters 29, 920 (October, 1972). © Copyright Physical Review Letters, 1972.



The Pomeranchuk cell used for cooling and measuring the pressure.

The graph of pressure, whose kinks caused all the excitement.

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Last modified: October 9, 1996

Jim Sethna, sethna@lassp.cornell.edu