Capacitance Dilatometry

The Miniature Capacitance Dilatometer Page


First published:

M. Rotter, H. Mueller, E. Gratz, M. Doerr, M. Loewenhaupt Rev. Sci. Instr. 69 (1998) 2742

M. Rotter, et al., Research Matters (Oxford Instruments) 12 (2000) 2-3


M. Rotter, Nr 502515, Austrian Patent Office

Models: DIL20-XX DIL18-06 DIL23-XX (discontinued) DIL22-XX (discontinued)

Dilatometers are fabricated on request at

Institute for Solid State Physics (IFP), Vienna University of Technology


Contact Persons:

Martin Rotter, martin_rotter[AT]

Herbert Mueller, herbert.mueller[AT]                            

Andreas Lahner, andreas.lahner[AT]                        

Links to other Webpages with dilatometers: (R. Küchler),

Collaborating Groups usings Similar Dilatometer Designs

·         Je-Geun Park,  Seongil Choi, Magnetic Materials Laboratory/SungKyunKwan University, Korea


Some useful downloads

Calibration program: gcalc.exe gcalc.bas

Thermal Expansion Literature data: copper.lit silver.lit

General purpose data analysis: pat

Labview Program to Control PPMS (by Michael Koehler,University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

for new control schemes of PPMS see also


Diameter: 20mm

Temperature Range: 0.3 – 300K

Magnetic Field Range: 0 - 45 T

Material: Silver

Thermal Expansion, Transversal and Longitudinal Magnetostriction in Superconducting Cryomagnets, PPMS


Miniature Capacitance Dilatometer DIL20-04



DIL20 is operated by:

·        IFP- TU Vienna, Austria (DIL 20-04)

A. Barcza, Diploma Thesis, University of Vienna, 2006 Magnetostriction in Rare Earth Elements Measured with Capacitance Dilatometry

Nasir Mehboob, Master Thesis, University of Vienna, 2009 Magnetostriction of GdAg2, PrFe4As12, and GdVO3 measured with a Capacitance Dilatometer

·        Institute for Physical Chemistry - University of Vienna, Austria (DIL 20-04)

G. Rogl, et al. Thermal Expansion of Skutterudites, J. of Appl. Physics 107 (2010) 43507


·        NHMFL Tallahassee, USA (DIL 20-05)

Doerr et al. NHMFL Scientific Highlight (2005) How to use a Miniature Dilatometer to Measure Magnetostriction in High Fields

M. Rotter, et al. Phys. Rev. B 76 (2007) 144421 Spin-flop transition in samarium metal investigated by capacitance dilatometry in a steady magnetic field of 45 T

·        ETH Zürich, Switzerland (DIL 20-07)

T. Schulze et al. PRL 100 (2008) 026407 Direct Link between Low-Temperature Magnetism and High-Temperature Sodium Order in NaxCoO2

·        Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy - University of Cambridge, UK (DIL 20-08)

A. Barcza et al. PRL 104 (2010)247202 Giant Magnetoelastic Coupling in a Metallic Helical Metamagnet

·        Imperial College London, UK (DIL 20-08)

D. Boldrin and L. F. Cohen J. Alloys and Compounds 699 (2017) 887 The role of competing magnetic interactions on the abnormal expansion properties in manganese antiperovskites Mn3+xA1-x N (A=Ni,Sn)

J. A. Turcaud, A. M. Pereira, K. G. Sandeman, J. S. Amaral, K. Morrison, A. Berenov, A. Daoud-Aladine, and L. F. Cohen Phys. Rev. B 90, 024410 Spontaneous magnetization above TC in polycrystalline La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 and La0.7Ba0.3MnO3

·        National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba , JAPAN (DIL 20-08)

M. Tachibana et al. Phys. Rev. B 82, 054108 (2010) Thermal properties of Cd2Re2O7 and Cd2Nb2O7 at the structural phase transitions

S. Kitani Phys. Rev. B 87 (2013) 064402 Thermal study of the interplay between spin and lattice in CoCr2O4 and CdCr2O4

·        University of Tennessee, Knoxville , USA (DIL 20-08)


Temperature Range: 0.3 – 300K

Magnetic Field Range: 0 - 45 T

Diameter: 18.3mm

Material: Brass

Transversal and Longitudinal Magnetostriction in ultrahigh magnetic fields (small bore)


Miniature Capacitance Dilatometer DIL18-06

DIL18 is operated at:

·        IFP-TU Dresden, Germany (since 2006)

·        High Field Magnet Laboratory Nijmegen, The Netherlands (since 2006)

DIL23-XX (discontinued)

Temperature Range: 0.3 – 300K


Material: Silver

Thermal Expansion, Transversal and Longitudinal Magnetostriction

Miniature Capacitance Dilatometer DIL23-98 @ OXFORD INSTRUMENTS

DIL22-XX (discontinued)

Temperature Range: 0.3 – 300K

Magnetic Field Range: 0 - 45 T


Material: Silver

Thermal Expansion, Transversal and Longitudinal Magnetostriction

Miniature Capacitance Dilatometer DIL22-05 NHMFL

Miniature Capacitance Dilatometer DIL22-05 PPMS

DIL22 is operated at:

IFW Dresden, Germany (since 2005)

IFP- TU Vienna, Austria (since 1996)

M.Rotter et al. J. Magn. Mag. Mat. 236 (2001) 267 – GdCu2

IFP-TU Dresden, Germany (since 1998)

S.Kramp et al. Eur. Phys. J. B 18 (2000) 559 – NdCu2

M.Rotter et al. MMM (2001) – RCu2

M.Rotter et al. J. Appl. Phys. 91 (2002) 8885 – NdCu2

M. Doerr et al. J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 14 (2002) 5609 – ErNi2B2

M.Rotter et al. Workshop-Planneralm (2006) – Magnetoelastic Paradox

M.Rotter et al. Europhysics Lett. 75 (2006) 160 –Magnetoelastic Paradox

P. Wisniewski et al. J. Magn. Mag. Mat. 310 (2007) 904 - U3X4

DEP-Electronic Structures-Charles University Prague The Czech Republic (since 2002)

O. Chernyavsky et al.  Czechoslovak J. of Physics 52 (2002) A237 - UNiAl

J. Prokleska et al.J. Magn. Magn. Mat. 322 (2010) 1120 - CePtSi

Faculdade de Engenharia Química de Lorena, Brazil (since 2006)

NHMFL Tallahassee, USA (since 2005)

M. Doerr et al. LT-24 (2005) SmCu2

M. Rotter et al. LT-24 (2005) - Samarium

M. Rotter et al. Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005) 52404 - Samarium

M. Doerr et al. AIP Conf Proc. Series 850 (2006) 1239 – SmCu2

Grenoble High Field Laboratory, France (since 2003)

M. Doerr et al. J. Magn Mag. Mat. 290 (2005) 906 PrCaMnO3

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