Path integral monte carlo simulations of thin4He films on a H2 surface

Marcus Wagner, David M. Ceperley

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Atomatically thin4He films of up to three monolayers on molecular hydrogen (1,1,1) surfaces are studied at T = 0.5 K, using path integral Monte Carlo. We compute the binding energy of4He to the H2 substrate as a function of4He coverage and obtain evidence of the prewetting transition. Density profiles perpendicular to the4He-H2 interface are obtained, as well as the zero point motion and effective mass of4He parallel to the substrate surface. The superfluid density of4He vs. coverage is calculated, and the intermediate scattering function is computed, from which we estimate the speed of third sound. Finally, we calculate the vorticity-vorticity correlation function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-217
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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