Vol. 11 No. 2 (2022)
Highlights

The crystallization of a superfluid: the supersolid

Nicolò Antolini
CNR-INO
Giulio Biagioni
CNR-INO
Published August 2, 2022
Keywords
  • quantum phases of matter,
  • superfluids,
  • Bose-Einstein condensates,
  • phase transitions
How to Cite
Antolini, N., & Biagioni, G. (2022). The crystallization of a superfluid: the supersolid. Il Colle Di Galileo, 11(2), 61-64. https://doi.org/10.36253/cdg-13840

Abstract

Superfluids can become crystals, obtaining rigidity and plasticity in analogy with classical solids, but keeping their typical properties of quantum coherence. The resulting phase is a supersolid, recently observed experimentally in a dipolar quantum gas. We have studied the phase transition from the superfluid to the supersolid, highlighting the analogies and differences with the corresponding classical transition from liquid to solid.

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