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Superfluid Helium's Impact on Modern Science

In an interview with Physicsworld, John Wisened, a senior accelerator engineer and cryogenics specialist, explores the properties of superfluid helium and its role in scientific advancements. Superfluid helium, or helium II, exhibits unique characteristics such as zero viscosity and exceptional heat transfer capabilities, distinguishing it as a quantum fluid with practical applications across various scientific domains. From cooling superconducting magnets in particle accelerators to enabling infrared astronomy and beyond, helium's superfluid phase not only facilitates experimental setups but also contributes to our understanding of quantum mechanics.

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