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The MPMS-XL employs SQUID technology for sensitivity down to 10-8 emu over a wide field and temperature range. This system is primarily used for the AC susceptibility (ACMS) option. Many materials display dissipative mechanisms when exposed to an oscillating field.

Carl Zeiss ORION NanoFab -

A Multibeam Ion (Helium & Neon) Microscope for Sub-10nm Nanostructuring


Main Features:

The Olympus BX51 upright microscope offers reflection mode (for opaque samples) and transmission light illumination.

Low Temperature: 4K – 300K; Variable Temperature: 300K – 900K

Ultra-high vacuum (better than 5 x 10-11 mbar)

MPMS sample magnetometers use SQUID technology to achieve high sensitivity, dynamic range and reproducibility. The MPMS can resolve magnetic moment changes as small as 10-8 emu over a wide range of temperatures and fields.


The PPMS is an open architecture system which is able to perform a number of automated measurements over a standard temperature range of 400-1.8K. The LCN system is equipped with a 14T longitudinal magnet and the ability to cool down to 0.35K using a helium 3 probe.

The LCN currently has one Bruker Nanowizard 1 AFM mainly to provide high resolution imaging and mechanical information of biological samples using a closed feedback loop to ensure precise positioning in the X,Y and Z dimensions.

405, 488, 568, and 647 nm laser lines

Yokogawa CSU-X1 spinning disk unit (1500-5000rpm)

Prior motorised stage 

Piezo 100um stage

Olympus IX81 microscope 

DIC and phase

405, 458, 488, 515, 568, 647 nm laser lines

4 PMT channel detection - 2 spectral based with 2nm wavelength resolution

User adjustable bandwidth of emission spectrum

IX81 inverted microscope


Time lapse imaging

The LCN has recently acquired a Bruker Dimension Icon for low noise, large sample analysis, which provides a 90 micron scan range system with a newly designed low noise closed loop XYZ scanner.