Here we provide an overview of the status of the field of solid 4He with a focus on the recent theoretical and experimental activities stimulated by the 2004 experiments of Kim and Chan. The overview attempts to place the experimental and theoretical work in context, to respect the historical flow of the field and discuss our present understanding of the question of supersolidity in 4He. The possibility of supersolidity in cold atoms and in other systems is also addressed. Special issues of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics (168(3/4), 2012; 169(3/4), 2012), in addition to this issue, have been devoted to this subject and this overview is meant to accompany those issues of the journal.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics