Variational calculations of drops of spin-polarized liquid He3

Phys. Rev. B 40, 712 – Published 1 July 1989
D. S. Lewart, V. R. Pandharipande, and Steven C. Pieper


The ground states of drops of spin-polarized liquid He3 containing 56, 84, and 120 atoms are calculated with the variational Monte Carlo method using wave functions containing pair, triplet, and backflow correlations. The calculated energies of these drops are higher by 0.2 K per atom than those of drops of unpolarized liquid He3. The results also indicate that the equilibrium density of liquid He3 is larger than that of unpolarized He3 by 5%, and that the thickness of its surface is smaller.


  • Received 15 March 1989
  • Published in the issue dated 1 July 1989

© 1989 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

D. S. Lewart and V. R. Pandharipande

  • Department of Physics and Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801

Steven C. Pieper

  • Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439-4843

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