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Improved Cryogenic Capacitor for the ECCS: Larger Value (10 pF) and SI Measurement by Tuning the Calculable Capacitor

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Author(s)

Neil M. Zimmerman, Mahmoud A. El-Sabbagh, Yicheng Wang

Abstract

We report on several advances in the development of a cryogenic vacuum-gap capacitor Ccryo, for use with the electron-counting cpacitance standard (ECCS). First, we have increased the value by about a factor of ten, to 10pF; this will both make the ECCS more useful as a commercial standard, and also allows a substantial reduction in the relative uncertainty of the calibration of Ccryo. Second, the capacitor's stability is excellent, with a drift less than 10-9/hour. This stability is required for the third advance: we have succeeded in tuning the calculable capacitor, which allows us to make a measurement of Ccryo in SI units, without requiring a precise value of Ccryo. We demonstrate such a measurement, with an uncertainty of about 3 x 10-8.
Citation
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement

Keywords

cryogenic vacuum-gap capacitor, tuning the calculable capacitor

Citation

Zimmerman, N. , El-Sabbagh, M. and Wang, Y. (2002), Improved Cryogenic Capacitor for the ECCS: Larger Value (10 pF) and SI Measurement by Tuning the Calculable Capacitor, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (Accessed June 13, 2024)

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Created September 3, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021