Nov
29

SC1000B Gatan Digital Camera for Transmission Electron Microscope

About the Instrument: “If you can imagine replacing a digital camera from six years ago with a new one, that’s the difference,” says Richard Tilley, the former head of the Electron Microscope facility at Victoria University. The new TEM camera is used for recording both images and electron diffraction patterns. It’s more sensitive than the […]

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Nov
29

Quantum Design PPMS with Evercool Dewar

About the Instrument: “The PPMS is an entire lab combined into one instrument,” says Jeff. It measures specific heat, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, magneto-resistance, Hall effect, thermo-electric power, magneto-thermo power. There’s also a vibrating sample magnetometer which allows you to measure magnetic properties. It offers a range of temperatures from 1.5 K to 800 K […]

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Nov
29

Quantum Design Helium Recycler for SQUID Magnetometer

About the Instrument: The new Quantum Design Helium Recycler removes this cost altogether. It has its own refrigerator and simply recycles the helium. “I’ve been trying for years to get this helium recycler” says Callaghan Innovation researcher Jeff Tallon, “and the business case for it is unbeatable.” The SQUID is a very sensitive instrument for […]

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Nov
29

Ultra-High-Vacuum Deposition System

The new facility has already helped them secure two research grants from the NERF and Marsden funds to develop spintronic applications. About the Equipment: This Ultra-High Vacuum system is designed for growing pure crystalline films of just about any material. It includes an ionising gas source to introduce nitrogen or other gases into the chamber […]

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Nov
29

Low Temperature ‘Mini-lab’ with Closed Cycle Cryostat

About the Equipment: “It’s just like a fridge,” says Ben. “you press a button and you can go down to 3.5K (-269.5°C)… The other neat thing is that you can hold the temperature steady anywhere in between.” As Ben explains, there are two types of measurements available. “One is temperature dependent resistivity – that’s fantastic […]

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Nov
29

Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS)

It also acts as a bridge to the Australian National synchrotron, the ultimate X-ray analysis tool, which the New Zealand government recently invested in. Both instruments have had co-investment from other Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) and are strengthening links across the New Zealand science community. About the Instrument: SAXS gives you information about structure […]

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Nov
29

Cryo-attachment for Scanning Electron Microscope

Electron microscopes are used by researchers all around the country and have been a major factor in the Institute’s success so far. The cryo-attachment is one of two new features of the electron microscope facility at Victoria University. It allows researchers to take images of soft materials and fluids. About the Instrument: Without a cryo-attachment […]

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Nov
29

Electron Beam Annealer for UHV Triple Beam Line System

The MacDiarmid funding paid for the revamp and allowed the system to get up and running in as short a time frame as possible. About the Instrument: The system consists of three beam lines feeding in at different angles to a central ultra-high-vacuum chamber. The first beam line is an ion implanter to shoot an […]

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Nov
29

Nano-particle Size Analyser, Zetasizer and Vibrating Blade Viscometer

About the Instrument: The nanoparticle size analyser and zetasizer measures particle size from 0.6 nanometres (about six to ten atoms in a row) up to 0.2 microns and the surface charge or zeta potential of any sized particle that can be suspended in liquid. Neatly contained in a compact unit, it is accurate, reliable and […]

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Nov
29

Luminescence Spectrometer

It is an essential tool for Victoria physicist, Andy Edgar and his group, who are developing scintillating and luminescent materials for X-ray imaging and detection, for applications in medicine, materials testing and security. About the Equipment: The new spectrometer fires a beam of ultraviolet light at a sample to excite the electrons and measures the […]

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Nov
29

Hyperpolarisation Instrument

About the Instrument: This purchase came about because the group had a sabbatical visitor who was an expert in spin exchange hyperpolarisation –Thomas Meersman from Colorado State University. “I knew this man was coming.” Paul said, “It was the one opportunity we had in a lifetime of getting into this game. He said he would […]

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Nov
29

GREAT60 Amplifiers and Controllers

The two high field superconducting magnets in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) lab at Victoria University serve as workhorses for Paul Callaghan’s world renowned Soft Matter and Porous Media Group. Although one of the magnets already had GREAT60’s, the purchase of a second set brings the whole lab up to a consistent world-class standard. “What […]

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Nov
29

Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

About the Instrument: The mass spectrometer makes high sensitivity measurements of the composition and relative amounts of gases released in chemical reactions. It works by sucking tiny volumes of gas through a fine glass capillary from the reaction flask into a vacuum chamber where gas particles are spread out according to their mass and detected. […]

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