A Sub-millikelvin Calibration Facility in the Range 0 ∘C to 30 ∘C

Int. J. Thermophys. (2017) 38:37, DOI 10.1007/s10765-016-2171-9
R. Bosma, A. Peruzzi, R. van Breugel, C. Bruin-Barendregt

Abstract
A new sub-millikelvin calibration facility for the range 0 ∘∘C to 30 ∘∘C is described, that allows calibration of customer thermometers, other than standard platinum resistance thermometers, with an uncertainty lower than 1 millikelvin. The improvements with respect to the traditional calibration facility are reported with particular emphasis on the temperature control (better than 0.2 mK), resistance measurement and calibration procedure. The new facility was validated by using 6 standard platinum resistance thermometers and the calibration uncertainty in the range from 0 ∘∘C to 30 ∘∘C amounted to 0.31 mK–0.35 mK. To demonstrate the potentiality of this facility, two oceanographic thermometers, Sea-Bird Electronics SBE 3 and SBE 35, were calibrated with an expanded uncertainty of 0.8 mK (k=2k=2).

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