Heat Capacity in Pulsed Fields

Heat capacity is the ratio of the heat added to (or subtracted from) an object to the resulting temperature change. The SI unit of heat capacity is joule per degree kelvin. Heat capacity is an extensive property of matter, meaning it is proportional to the size of the system. When expressing the same phenomenon as an intensive property, the heat capacity is divided by the amount of substance, mass, or volume, so that the quantity is independent of the size or extent of the sample. The molar heat capacity is the heat capacity per unit amount (SI unit: mole) of a pure substance. The specific heat capacity, often simply called specific heat, is the heat capacity per unit mass of a material.


  • Compatible Magnets

  • Available Equipment

  • Quantum Design® Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS) equipped with a 14 T superconducting magnet and ³He option.
  • In-house calorimeter for use in a ⁴He/³He dilution refrigerator, in combination with a 18/20 T superconducting magnet
  • In-house calorimeter for use in a ³He refrigerator, in combination with various magnets including 15/17T superconducting magnet, 33T resistive magnet and 45T hybrid magnet.
  • In-house calorimeter for use in 60T Controlled Waveform magnet.

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