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Diacell® ShearDAC

The Diacell® ShearDAC is a diamond anvil cell ideal for performing experiments with simultaneous shear and static high-pressure.  

The cell's design is based on the megabar diamond anvil cell Diacell® LeverDAC-Mega and allows for controlled shear. The additional gearing enables the rotation of the piston anvil relative to the fixed cylinder anvil.  Using a set screw, the position and orientation of the cylinder can be fixed to prevent concurrent rotation with the piston.  Extremely careful machining of the piston and cylinder allows for unhindered rotation.

It is possible to use a wide range of existing experimental techniques and pressure media with the Diacell® ShearDAC.  Preparation of the cell for experiments is very much similar to those of more conventional diamond anvil cells.

The Diacell® ShearDAC was originally fabricated for J. Ciezak (US Army Research Lab) and validated on a sample of calcite at 0.5 GPa (5 kbar). Raman measurements show the onset of the phase transformation from calcite to aragonite at 10° of rotation (c.f. Ciezak, J. and Jenkins, T., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 82, 073905 (2011)).



Cell Material Vascomax 300
Anvil Support Plate Tungsten Carbide
Pressure Mechanism Lever Arm Drive
Maximum Pressure 50 GPa
Temperature Range Room Temperature
Top Angle Optical: Conical 34°
Bottom Angle Optical: Conical 9°
Lateral Access 4 lateral holes
Heating None
Cooling N/A
DAC Length / Width 165 mm / 76 mm
DAC Height (at cell) 89 mm
Working Distance to Sample 17.5 mm
Numerical Aperture 0.29
Interfacing Solution N/A

Maximum pressure is dependent upon the culet size of the anvils.
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far-IR | Fluorescence | FTIR | Infrared | Raman
50 GPa
Room Temperature

Diacell® ShearDAC

Diacell® ShearDAC
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