Thermal Conduction of SSC Wire
A method suitable for measuring the thermal conductivity of good thermal conductors at low temperatures was implemented. It successfully served its purpose: to detect the effect of doping with manganese the interfilament part of the copper matrix of the superconducting wire used in the magnets of the Superconducting Super Collider. It uses two heaters and one thermometer per sample reducing the accuracy requirement on the thermometers, automatically compensating for zero offsets and reducing the number of critical thermal contacts. Commercially available strain gauges are used as heaters.
KeywordsManganese Helium Calorimeter Manganin
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