James E. Rutledge

Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

Phone: (949) 824-5141
Fax: (949) 824-2174
Email: jrutledg@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
2123 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Experimental studies of materials at low temperatures, studies of the growth and properties of liquid helium films on solid surfaces, measurements of surface diffusion of solid hydrogen, search for techniques of doping solid hydrogen with reactive atomic impurities
Research Abstract
Professor Rutledge's research has included studies of the elementary excitations of two-dimensional helium films, elastic tunneling studies to probe superconductors driven far from thermodynamic equilibrium, and studies of inelastic tunneling processes by which metal-insulator-metal tunnel junctions emit light. Presently, he is collaborating with Professor Peter Taborek on an experimental program designed to study how surfaces modify bulk phase transitions, such as the liquid-vapor transition and melting. Most of these experiments exploit the unique experimental advantages of liquid helium to explore the general problem of phase transitions near a surface.

D. Ross, J. E. Rutledge, and P. Taborek, "Superfluid Droplets on a Solid Surface", Science, 278, 664 (1997)
D. Ross, J. E. Rutledge, and P. Taborek, "Triple Point Dewetting Transitions of Helium Mixtures on Cesium", Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 2350 (1996)
D. Ross, P. Taborek, and J. E. Rutledge, "Bound States of 3He at the Helium Cesium Interface", Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 4483 (1995)
J. E. Rutledge and P. Taborek, "Prewetting Phase Diagram of 4He on Cesium", Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 937 (1992)
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