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Lake Shore Temperature Sensors, Negative Temperature Coefficient RTD's

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Lake Shore Temperature Sensors, Negative Temperature Coefficient RTD's





Cernox¨ thin film resistance cryogenic temperature sensors offer significant advantages over comparable bulk or thick film resistance sensors. The smaller package size of these thin film sensors makes them useful in a broader range of experimental mounting schemes, and they are also available in a chip form.

They are easily mounted in packages designed for excellent heat transfer, yielding a characteristic thermal response time much faster than possible with bulk devices requiring strain-free mounting. Additionally, they have been proven very stable over repeated thermal cycling and under extended exposure to ionizing radiation.






Germanium sensors have a useful temperature range of about two orders of magnitude. The exact range depends upon the doping of the germanium element. Cryogenic temperature sensors with ranges from below 0.05 K to 100 K are available. Between 100 K and 300 K, dR/dT changes sign and dR/dT above 100 K is very small for all models. Sensor resistance varies from several ohms at its upper useful temperature to several tens of kilohms at its lower temperature.

Because device sensitivity increases rapidly with decreasing temperature, a high degree of resolution is achieved at lower temperatures, making these resistors very useful for submillikelvin control at 4.2 K and below.

The sensors offer excellent stability, and ¬Ī0.5 mK reproducibility at 4.2 K. The germanium resistor is usually the best choice for high-accuracy work below 30 K. Use in a magnetic field is not recommended.


Ultra-Low Temperature RoxTM

With the amazing progress made by dilution refrigerator manufacturers to push base temperatures well below 10 mK, the need for accurate, simplified temperature measurements continues to grow. The RX-102B-RS meets this need as a resistive temperature device (RTD) that maintains sensitivity well below 10 mK.

Building on the success of the previous generation RX-102B, this sensor refines the package to improve thermal connection and adds optical radiation shielding to further reduce the issue of unwanted sensor heating.

When paired with the Lake Shore Model 372 AC resistance bridge and temperature controller, this sensor/instrument combination is the configuration of choice for simplified temperature monitoring or controlling below 50 mK.


Interchangable RoxTM

Ruthenium oxide temperature sensors are thick-film resistors, with most models suitable for use in applications involving magnetic fields. These composite sensors consist of bismuth ruthenate, ruthenium oxides, binders, and other compounds that allow them to obtain the necessary temperature and resistance characteristics. Each Lake Shore Rox‚ĄĘ model adheres to a single resistance versus temperature curve.

RX-102A : Useful down to 50mK and has better interchangeability that the RX-202A
RX-202A : Has a 4x improvement in magnetic field-induced errors
RX-103A : Unique resistance and temperature response curve combined with low magnetic field induced errors


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