Some experimental details of the construction and programming of the equipment
is presented and discussed. The calorimeter is used to determine the specific heat
of solid, approximately 1 g samples within the temperature range 4 K to 210 K.
Initially the performance of the calorimeter is demonstrated by measuring the
specific heat of a spectroscopically pure copper sample. The working of the
apparatus is demonstrated with the experimental investigation of the specific heat
of some Pd2[rare earth]In alloys. The 4f-electron contribution to the specific heat
of Pd2YbIn and Pd2HoIn is determined, by subtraction of isostructural Pd2LuIn from
the measured specific heat of Pd2YbIn and Pd2HoIn.
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.