Piezoelectric-based apparatus for strain tuning
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We report the design and construction of piezoelectric-based apparatus for applying continuously tuneable compressive and tensile strains to test samples. It can be used across a wide temperature range, including cryogenic temperatures. The achievable strain is large, so far up to 0.23% at cryogenic temperatures. The apparatus is compact and compatible with a wide variety of experimental probes. In addition, we present a method for mounting high-aspect-ratio samples in order to achieve high strain homogeneity.
Hicks , C W , Barber , M E , Edkins , S D , Brodsky , D O & Mackenzie , A P 2014 , ' Piezoelectric-based apparatus for strain tuning ' Review of Scientific Instruments , vol 85 , no. 6 , 065003 . DOI: 10.1063/1.4881611
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The authors thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Max Planck Society for financial support.
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