Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 160, Issue 5, pp 246–253

A New Type of Carbon Resistance Thermometer with Excellent Thermal Contact at Millikelvin Temperatures


    • Department of PhysicsPurdue University
  • Ashwani Kumar
    • Department of PhysicsPurdue University
  • Gábor A. Csáthy
    • Department of PhysicsPurdue University

DOI: 10.1007/s10909-010-0192-5

Cite this article as:
Samkharadze, N., Kumar, A. & Csáthy, G.A. J Low Temp Phys (2010) 160: 246. doi:10.1007/s10909-010-0192-5


Using a new brand of commercially available carbon resistor we built a cryogenic thermometer with an extremely good thermal contact to its thermal environment. Because of its superior thermal contact the thermometer is insensitive to low levels of spurious radio frequency heating. We calibrated our thermometer down to 5 mK using a quartz tuning fork He-3 viscometer and measured its thermal resistance and thermal response time.


Carbon composition thermometerCryogenic thermometryResistance thermometryMillikelvin thermometry
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