Stabilization of homogeneously precessing domains by large magnetic fields in superfluid 3He-B. Academic Article uri icon


  • We have studied the catastrophic relaxation in superfluid 3He-B as a function of magnetic field for a sample pressure of 31 bars. "Catastrophic relaxation" refers to a novel magnetic relaxation process which rapidly disrupts the homogeneous precession of nuclear spins in NMR experiments on the B phase. The catastrophe was observed through its effect on the evolution of a long-lived coherent dynamic state, the homogeneously precessing domain. Our measurements reveal that the onset of catastrophic relaxation is suppressed to lower temperatures by a strong magnetic field.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Geller, D. A., & Lee, D. M.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Geller, DA||Lee, DM

publication date

  • July 2000