Selected Publications
 

Detecting a phonon flux in superfluid He4 by a nanomechanical resonator

A. M. Guénault, A. Guthrie, R. P. Haley, S. Kafanov, Yu. A. Pashkin, G. R. Pickett, V. Tsepelin, D. E. Zmeev, E. Collin, R. Gazizulin, O. Maillet

Nanoscale mechanical resonators are widely utilized to provide high sensitivity force detectors. Here we demonstrate that such high-quality-factor resonators immersed in superfluid 4 He can be excited by a modulated flux of phonons. A nanosized heater immersed in superfluid 4 He acts as a source of ballistic phonons in the liquid—“phonon wind”. When the modulation frequency of the phonon flux matches the resonance frequency of the mechanical resonator, the motion of the latter can be excited. This ballistic thermomechanical effect can potentially open up new types of experiments in quantum fluids.


Phys. Rev. B 101, 060503 (2020)

doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.060503