Superfluid helium having extremely low temperature, negligibly small viscosity, and huge thermal conductivity provides us a unique opportunity to generate a novel cryogenic space for the fabrication of nanostructures and the manipulation of their motion. Here we fabricated metallic nano- and micro-particles by laser ablation in superfluid helium and selectively trapped superconducting particles with a quadrupole magnetic field utilizing perfect diamagnetism caused by Meissner effect. We also discuss the size dependence of the superconducting transition temperatures of the trapped metallic particles by changing the temperature of liquid helium.
Masaaki Ashida, Yosuke Minowa, Mitsutaka Kumakura, Yuta Takahashi, Fusakazu Matsushima, and Yoshiki Moriwaki, "Optical fabrication and trapping of superconducting nanoparticles in superfluid helium (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10347, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV, 103471X (Presented at SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering: August 09, 2017; Published: 25 September 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2273278.5588470607001.
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