Superfluid Helium-3 in Tight Spaces

Dr. Anton Vorontsov
Department of Physics
Montana State University


Superconductivity is one of the most fundamental phenomena in physics, arising due to collective quantum mechanical behavior of enormous number of electrons in metals. I will give a general introduction to this fascinating effect, and to the closely related phenomenon of superfluidity in Helium-3. We are in the ever ongoing quest to understand various superconducting materials and how they can be used. Currently, superconducting condensates are at the forefront of search for new effects and devices that utilize mathematical and physical ideas of symmetry and topology. A particularly important role is played by the quasiparticle states that appear on the boundaries of superconductors. These emergent states often have unique and exotic properties that can be useful to us. I will show how confinement of superfluid Helium-3 to very small volumes opens a door into new physics driven by the surface quasiparticles.