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Measurement of Low Temperature Specific Heat of Crystalline TeO2 for the Optimization of Bolometric Detectors

Authors
  • Barucci, M.1
  • Brofferio, C.2
  • Giuliani, A.3
  • Gottardi, E.1
  • Peroni, I.4
  • Ventura, G.1
  • 1 University of Florence, Florence, Italy , Florence
  • 2 University of Milano–Bicocca and INFN-Milano, Milan, Italy , Milan
  • 3 University of Insubria, Como, and INFN-Milano, Milan, Italy , Milan
  • 4 CNR/IMGC, Turin, Italy , Turin
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Low Temperature Physics
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2001
Volume
123
Issue
5-6
Pages
303–314
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1023/A:1017555615150
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

The optimization of bolometric detectors, like those that will be developed for the rare event experiment CUORE, requires a complete knowledge of the detector's thermal parameters. Since the CUORE detecting elements will consist of TeO2 crystals, we have measured the specific heat of this material down to 60 mK with the thermal relaxation method. Previous available data were taken at temperatures higher than 0.6 K. Our results are clearly consistent with a lattice dominated specific heat. The Debye temperature, evaluated to be (232±7) K, is in excellent agreement with the elastic constant values measured by other authors. The knowledge of the Debye temperature allows a simple prediction of the pulse amplitude of presently working bolometers.

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