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Review of Scientific Instruments
Differential thermal analysis on metallic alloys containing volatile elements can be highly problematic. Here we show how measurements can be performed in commercial, small-sample equipment without modification. This is achieved by using a sealed Ta crucible, easily fabricated from Ta tubing and sealed in a standard arc furnace. The crucible performance is demonstrated by measurements on a mixture of Mg and MgB2, after heating up to 1470°C. We also show data, measured on an alloy with composition Gd40Mg60, that clearly show both the liquidus and a peritectic and are consistent with published phase-diagram data.
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American Institute of Physics
Janssen, Y.; Angst, M.; Dennis, Kevin W.; Canfield, Paul C.; and McCallum, R. William, "Small sealed Ta crucible for thermal analysis of volatile metallic samples" (2006). Ames Laboratory Publications. 214.