Piezoelectric-driven uniaxial pressure cell for muon spin relaxation and neutron scattering experiments

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  • Shreenanda Ghosh - , Institute of Solid State and Materials Physics (Author)
  • Felix Brueckner - , TUD Dresden University of Technology (Author)
  • Artem Nikitin - , Paul Scherrer Institute (Author)
  • Vadim Grinenko - , Institute of Solid State and Materials Physics, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (Author)
  • Matthias Elender - , Paul Scherrer Institute (Author)
  • Andrew P. Mackenzie - , Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) (Author)
  • Hubertus Luetkens - , Paul Scherrer Institute (Author)
  • Hans-Henning Klauss - , Institute of Solid State and Materials Physics (Author)
  • Clifford W. Hicks - , University of Alabama at Birmingham (Author)


We present a piezoelectric-driven uniaxial pressure cell that is optimized for muon spin relaxation and neutron scattering experiments and that is operable over a wide temperature range including cryogenic temperatures. To accommodate the large samples required for these measurement techniques, the cell is designed to generate forces up to similar to 1000 N. To minimize the background signal, the space around the sample is kept as open as possible. We demonstrate here that by mounting plate-like samples with epoxy, a uniaxial stress exceeding 1 GPa can be achieved in an active volume of at least 5 mm(3). We show that for practical operation, it is important to monitor both the force and displacement applied to the sample. In addition, because time is critical during facility experiments, samples are mounted in detachable holders that can be rapidly exchanged. The piezoelectric actuators are likewise contained in an exchangeable cartridge.


Original languageEnglish
Article number103902
Number of pages9
JournalReview of scientific instruments
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

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