Introduction: Understanding Superfluids!!!

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Hi Guys! I'm back. I couldn't resist but to post another instructable on an amazingly interesting topic of science before my exams. And this time, It's on SUPERFLUIDS. So let's get started...

Step 1: THE BASICS...

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As you read in my last instructable on 4th and 5th State of matter, we can liquefy atmospheric gases by reducing temperature and applying pressure. Let's put some more light on that.

Intermolecular forces of atoms depends on their temperature. When the atoms are cooled, their intermolecular forces increase and when the atoms are heated, their intermolecular forces decrease.

Today we will learn about what happens to atoms and their intermolecular forces when they are cooled (Heating effect is for some other instructable. Let me know in the comments if you want that).

Take water vapour for example. When it is cooled, the intermolecular forces of atoms increase, hence, causing the atoms to attract each other and form water. Now, if we cool water, the intermolecular forces will increase further, causing the atoms to form ice.

All this happen so easily in water because atoms of water are meant to stick together. But, the same is not in case of atmospheric gases. In their case, we need to not only decrease temperature but also increase pressure to liquefy gases. Cooling increases the intermolecular forces of the atoms and pressure forces the atoms you come and stick together. Hence, the gases get liquefied. The gases will stay liquefied till the temperature is low. Once, the temperature starts increasing, the intermolecular forces will decrease and hence, the liquefied atmospheric gases will become normal atmospheric gases again.

Step 2: SUPERFLUIDS!!!

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Well, till now, you might have guessed that liquefied atmospheric gases like oxygen and helium are called superfluids. What's so special about superfluids you ask?? Well, for starters, they flow with zero viscosity and therefore, flow without the loss of kinetic energy. This means that if you swirl a vortex in a cup full of a superfluid, the vortex will keep spinning forever until it is stopped. Cool, isn't it??(See 2nd picture....)

 Superfluidity is related to Bose Einstein condensation(Read my previous instructable for more on that topic...), but neither is a specific type of the other: not all Bose-Einstein condensates can be regarded as superfluids, and not all superfluids are Bose–Einstein condensates. Superfluidity is found in astrophysics, high-energy physics, and theories of quantum gravity.

Superfluidity was originally discovered in liquid helium, by Pyotr Kapitsa and John F. Allen. It has since been described through phenomenology and microscopic theories.

In the first picture given above, there is a cup suspended over another shallow bowl and both, the cup and the bowl are full of liquid helium in superfluid phase. As long as it remains superfluid, it creeps up the wall of the cup as a Rollin film(A Rollin film, named after Bernard V. Rollin, is a 30 nm-thick liquid film of helium in the helium II state). It comes down on the outside, forming a drop at the base of the cup which will fall into the liquid below. Another drop will form....and so on...until the cup is empty.....

In simple words, creeping along the walls is a property of superfluids. See 3rd and 4th figure for understanding it better :) :)Creepy, isn't it??

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Step 3: Any Questions??

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So, these were the basic properties of superfluids. If you have trouble understanding anything, or want to request an instructable on any topic in science or quantum physics, feel free to do so. I'll be sure to answer your query and if the topic you suggest holds some potential, I'll be sure to post an instructable on it. Also, please let me know of how you felt about this Instructable. If you find a mistake anywhere in this Instructables , kindly notify me of it, I will be sure to correct it.

Also, being a ninth grader, my exams are starting next week. So, my next instructable will be posted about two weeks later on an even better topic. Stay tuned for the same. I'll be sure to answer any queries in the meantime. Also, kindly help me spread my instructables page...I would be greatful to you if you do so :) :)

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Comments

Inventing_Machine (author)2016-09-16

please post an instructable on quantum gravity also

Well, frankly speaking, not a lot information is available on quantum gravity. Quantum Gravity is an area of research in physics which tries to explain gravity using quantum physics. Right now,we can only describe gravity of real-life sized objects using general relativity. Physicists can also describe the universe on a microscopic scale with quantum mechanics. The goal of quantum gravity is to develop a theory which contains both general relativity and quantum mechanics. However, combining the theories of the big and the small is an extremely difficult task which may take years to fulfill or never may... Physicists are working on a number of ways to write down a theory of quantum gravity. One of them is to search for a ' Unified Field Theory '. Physicists also try to develop theories at an even more fundamental level, like string theory, loop quantum gravity(which can be explained later in an Instructable. Let me know in the reply ), or other methods, to find out why our current theories of gravity and quantum mechanics cannot be combined.

Well, if you still have trouble understanding anything, just ask :)
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St Stephen (author)2016-09-12

Very informative, looking forward to your next instructable. Keep up the good work you do, you are an intelligent young man. Good luck with your exams!

Thanks Sir :)
Appreciate your Support :) :)

Anirudh Ralhan (author)2016-09-12

Thanks sir :)
Appreciate your support :)

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