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Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy probe for in-situ neutron scattering measurements...

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Conference Paper
Journal Name
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
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Acoustics in Focus - The 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Conference Location
Melville, New York, United States of America
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Acoustical Society of America
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Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) is an efficient, nondestructive technique to study the elastic properties of solids. A low-temperature (2-300 K) probe has been assembled and tested at the NOMAD beamline at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to assess the probe's neutronic properties, data acquisition system, and compatibility with existing sample environment. A case study on a bulk metallic glass, La 65 Cu 20 Al 10 Co 5, served to benchmark both hardware and software developments. The elastic constants of the metallic glass were determined as a function of temperature between 4 and 300 K and were used to guide neutron diffraction measurements at NOMAD. Tracking of a specific RUS peak center frequency and width enabled live monitoring of the sample temperature evolution that lagged thermometry by upwards of 40 K near room temperature. Assembly of a high-temperature (300-875 K) probe is underway and both probes are scheduled to be available to users by late-2021. Our aim is to provide users with live monitoring of an intrinsic variable at the neutron scattering beamlines, in addition to existing controls, to monitor the state of their samples and its elastic moduli and make informed decisions in real time.