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Design, fabrication, and testing of a low AC-loss conduction-cooled cryostat for magnetization loss measurement apparatus

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Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Conduction cooling has become a viable alternative for cooling superconducting devices. However, the thermal pathways of a conduction-cooled cryostat can be problematic for applications where time-varying magnetic fields are present. Such alternating magnetic fields are present, e.g., in a magnetization ac-loss measurement system. The losses in the thermal pathways are unwanted as they increase the heat load into the cryostat and interfere with the measurement. To solve this challenge, a conduction-cooled cryostat with special attention in limiting eddy-current losses in the cryostat structures was constructed. The design process is illustrated in detail starting from the specifications and proceeding through the fabrication of individual components. The loss dissipated in the cryostat is experimentally examined, and the finished conduction-cooled magnetization loss measurement system is demonstrated by characterizing a multifilamentary \hbox{MgB}-{2} conductor.