Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 196, Issue 1–2, pp 6–12 | Cite as

Periodic Oscillation of Liquid Helium Boiling in a Narrow Rectangular Duct

  • Y. Eikoku
  • K. Ishida
  • A. Iwamoto
  • Y. TsujiEmail author


Temperature fluctuations in saturated superfluid He II (at 1.9 K) were measured using small thermistors operated by a lock-in amplifier. The experiments were performed in a rectangular channel (\(13\times 13\times 200~\hbox {mm}\)) with a heater set at the bottom. The temperature oscillated periodically, and a pulsive boiling sound appeared. The two become synchronized, and the oscillating frequencies strongly depend on the helium pressure and the heat flux. When the He pressure decreases, the oscillation frequency decreases. A simple model to predict the cyclic period is presented.


Helium II Boiling Periodic oscillation 



This work was performed under the auspices of the NIFS Collaboration Research program (NIFS12KECA014). The authors are grateful to Prof. R. Maekawa for his guide to this interesting research field. Financial support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 23360082 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nagoya UniversityNagoya CityJapan
  2. 2.National Institute for Fusion ScienceToki CityJapan

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