Anomalous diffusion near the Fermi surface

L. Warner, J. Leggett

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We consider the three-dimensional dynamical evolution of localized hot spots in ultralow temperature Fermi liquids. Within a model calculation, it is found that such perturbations do not relax into a hydrodynamic profile at long times, as might be expected of thermal hot spots under less exotic conditions. Instead, the hot spot expands outward into a shell moving away from its center at a velocity comparable to the Fermi velocity υF, which is consistent with the "baked Alaska" hypothesis proposed earlier by Leggett as a possible solution to the riddle of B-phase nucleation in 3He.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 11 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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