10-16 June 2018
Dalhousie University
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Quantum Vortex Limitations to Ultracold Neutron Production

14 Jun 2018, 08:30
SUB 303 (cap. 100) (Dalhousie University)

SUB 303 (cap. 100)

Dalhousie University

Oral (Non-Student) / Orale (non-étudiant(e)) Nuclear Physics / Physique nucléaire (DNP-DPN) R1-7 Neutrons (DNP) | Neutrons (DPN)


Jeffery Martin (The University of Winnipeg)


The TRIUMF Ultracold Advanced Neutron (TUCAN) collaboration uses a neutron source based on superfluid helium to produce ultracold neutrons. Superfluids are usually thought of as having infinite thermal conductivity. But at the operating temperature and heat flux for our source, the transport of heat in the superfluid is expected to be limited by quantum vortices. In the two-fluid model, the heat is transported by the normal fluid component, which experiences mutual friction with the vortices. Based on this theory, temperature gradients in the superfluid will rise as the cubed power of the heat flux. Previous measurements have tended to support the theory, but our UCN source parameters (temperatures of less than 1 Kelvin) lie in an unmeasured regime where the normal component is less than a percent of the superfluid component. This motivated measurements conducted using our existing UCN source, which will be reported. Further measurements are planned to better constrain the design of our future UCN source.

Primary author

Jeffery Martin (The University of Winnipeg)

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