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Physics Colloquium – Mark Williamsen

October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Mark Williamsen, Quantum Design, Inc

Applications of AC Bridges in Cryogenic Measurements

AC (alternating current) bridges have proven to be useful in making precise measurements at low temperature, including thermometry as well as length change with respect to either thermal expansion (dilatometry) or applied magnetic field (magnetostriction). Techniques now in use allow one leg of the bridge to be placed at the cryogenic sample site while the other legs remain at room temperature, with the intervening temperature gradient being imposed along a length of coaxial cable. Using this method, length change measurements at atomic scale have recently been used to study a hidden order phase in the heavy fermion system URu2Si2. Plans are now underway to apply this sensitive measurement to a variety of single crystal and polycrystalline samples.

Relevant citing: S. Ran, G. M. Schmiedeshoff, N. Pouse, I. Jeon, N. P. Butch, R. B. Adhikari, C. C. Almasan & M. B. Maple; “Rapid suppression of the energy gap and the possibility of a gapless hidden order state in URu2−xRexSi2,” Philosophical Magazine, 99:14, 1751-1762, DOI: 10.1080/14786435.2019.1600756 (2019).

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October 29
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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KIRC 1150
3135 N. Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States