Large volume high-pressure cell for inelastic neutron scattering

W. Wang, Dmitry Sokolov, Andrew Huxley, Konstantin V. Kamenev

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Abstract

Inelastic neutron scattering measurements typically require two orders of magnitude longer data collection times and larger sample sizes than neutron diffraction studies. Inelastic neutron scattering measurements on pressurised samples are particularly challenging since standard high-pressure apparatus restricts sample volume, attenuates the incident and scattered beams, and contributes background scattering. Here, we present the design of a large volume two-layered piston-cylinder pressure cell with optimised transmission for inelastic neutron scattering experiments. The design and the materials selected for the construction of the cell enable its safe use to a pressure of 1.8 GPa with a sample volume in excess of 400 mm(3). The design of the piston seal eliminates the need for a sample container, thus providing a larger sample volume and reduced absorption. The integrated electrical plug with a manganin pressure gauge offers an accurate measurement of pressure over the whole range of operational temperatures. The performance of the cell is demonstrated by an inelastic neutron scattering study of UGe2. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3608112]

Original languageEnglish
Article number073903
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages6
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume82
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • neutron diffraction
  • pistons
  • pressure measurement
  • SUPERCONDUCTIVITY
  • TEMPERATURE
  • UGE2

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