Quantum Condensed Phases Research Team, RIKEN ( Japan)
Stick-slip motion of the Wigner solid over liquid helium surface
In this talk I will present the latest experimental results on time-resolved transport measurements of a Wigner solid (WS) on the surface of liquid helium confined in a micron-scale channel. At rest, the Wigner solid is “dressed” by a cloud of quantized capillary waves (ripplons). Under a driving force, we find that repeated WS-ripplon decoupling leads to stick-slip current oscillations, the frequency of which can be tuned by adjusting the temperature, pressing electric field, or electron density. The WS on liquid He is a promising system for the study of polaronlike decoupling dynamics.