We report the performance of Ag-Pd-Cu alloy as the material of a pressure cell to carry out specific heat measurements at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. The Ag-Pd-Cu alloy is advantageous to reduce the background due to the nuclear specific heat in the pressure cell growing at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. We prepared 70-20-10 alloy composed of 70 mass % of Ag, 20 mass % of Pd, and 10 mass % of Cu. The maximum hardness over 100 HRB (Rockwell-B scale) is achieved by the heat treatment. The magnetization and susceptibility results show that the alloy includes a small amount of magnetic ions, whose concentration is smaller than that in the Be-Cu alloy. We confirm that the specific heat of a piston cylinder cell made of the 70-20-10 alloy increases smoothly from 0.2 to 9 K and the nuclear specific heat decreases drastically in magnetic field compared to that expected in the Be-Cu alloy. The pressure value in the cell at low temperature increases almost linearly up to P=0.4 GPa, which is nearly the limit of the inner piston made of the 70-20-10 alloy, with increasing of the load applied at room temperature.
|Journal||Review of Scientific Instruments|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 9 2009|
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