Important information about Covid-19
Things are finally getting back to normal
Quantum Design UK and Ireland staff members are in the office on a rota schedule. We are using the offices to successfully and safely keep up with our deliveries and deal with customer enquiries. We are also getting out and about more often and have a number of upcoming in-person events where we can talk to you about your applications and requirements. And we can still have ‘face-to-face’ meetings via Microsoft Teams – just get in touch, set up a time and we’ll send you a link. It couldn’t be simpler and works well for our customers and suppliers. Please see our list of contacts here.
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OCCA Webinar: Spectroscopic Ellipsometry for Thin Film Characterisation
Jeremy Vanderslice from J A Woollam will present this webinar hosted by the Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA) as part of their weekly webinar series.
Spectroscopic ellipsometry is used to measure nanometer-scale layers used in microelectronics, data storage, flat panel displays and many other thin-film applications. Ellipsometers inherently detect the change in polarisation that occurs as light reflects or transmits from a material structure.
We’ve made it easy for you! See all webinar recordings here
The Advanced Materials Show 2022
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Exhibition
BSSM International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics
New Partner and Products
Announcing the arrival of the Renaissance Scientific portfolio of cryogenic nanopositioning stages and CryoAFMs
TESTIMONIAL Dr. Jack Gartside, Imperial College London
Read the full testimonial from Dr. Gartside about the use of the NanOsc CryoFMR Spectrometer…
BSSM International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics
Showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics – The 16th in a series of conferences organised by the British Society for Strain Measurement showcasing novel and innovative research in Experimental Mechanics. QDUKI’s Dr. Luke Nicholls will be there, showcasing NDT and Thermal Imaging solutions from our partners InfraTec, and our range of imaging cameras from Raptor Photonics.
You can now download hundreds of useful applications notes and documents for Quantum Design systems.
Quantum Design at the Advanced Materials Show
Join us at the Advanced Materials Show 2022 to discuss Graphene & 2D Materials, Composites, Polymers, Coatings, and Ceramics. Find out about our QD Systems, Montana Instruments, Nanomegas, Lake Shore Cryotronics, and J.A. Woollam Company
Plus… WIN an iPad – visit our stand for more details
This year, we were delighted to be able, finally, to welcome users and contacts back to our Quantum Design Workshops. The workshops were held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. Find out what attendees thought.
We will introduce the fundamentals of data analysis at a beginner-to-intermediate level. All details will be described using the latest CompleteEASE software.
Electronic / Semiconductor Testing Solution – E-LIT
Woollam thetaSE for Semiconductors
X-Rays in Semiconductors
What our Customers are saying...
"The Photobiology Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee is using the ILT2400 meter with MPPNBB detector for dosimetry of handheld Minimum Erythemal Dose (MED) devices. The slim line nature of the detector enables easy placement of the detector over the desired aperture and ensures full contact is made with the surface of the MED device, something that is not possible with the larger detectors. The positioning of the detector allows the dosimetry to more accurately reflect how the MED tester is used clinically. The data logging feature of the ILT2400 is useful for determining the average irradiance and how irradiance varies during exposure. We use the integrate feature of the ILT2400, which allows us to determine the time required to reach our desired radiant exposure (dose). The ILT2400 with MPPNBB is an improvement upon our previous dosimetry for handheld MED devices, simplifying the process and providing accurate, consistent results."Ewan Eadie, NHS Tayside, Ninewells Hospital University of Leeds
"I am using the Infratec camera with an infrared laser, where the frequencies of that laser are spatially dispersed and imaged on the camera. The light intensity of the infrared frequencies are monitored as a function of time, with microsecond time resolution, which gives information about the formation or destruction of chemicals during a reaction. The high sensitivity and image quality are outstanding, and there is very little noise from the camera contributing to the overall signal I observe. It is easy to interface with the camera using the supplied software, and the ability to externally trigger and gate the camera is an excellent advantage. I found that the sales and technical teams have been very supportive and responsive to questions or queries before, during, and after the camera installation."Dr Julia H. Lehman, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
"Quantum Design and DENSsolutions have provided us with continual advancements of in situ TEM holders by providing an exciting and ever-improving level of detail into a range of nano-scale dynamic processes. We have purchased the Lightning, Climate and Stream systems, these systems allow us to perform a wide range of experiments at the nano level in situ investigations, from heating of steels and quench them, observing the formation of nano crystals. Gas absorption by Metal Organic Frameworks, or in situ growth of nanoparticles and crystals in liquid. All these systems experiments require great stability and precision and ease of use, all of which are provided by these holders and chips. QD UKI have been extremely helpful and supportive keeping us updated with the latest chip designs and holder sundries, and supplying chips quickly"Dr Andy Stewart, University of Limerick
"The Montana Cryostation lies at the heart of a number of experiments in my group. The Cryo-Optic add-on allows us to perform optical spectroscopy on single organic molecules at low temperature with excellent collected photon count rates from the in-vacuum high-NA objective. The system reaches a base temperature low enough to observe atomically-narrow resonances in these molecules, making them suitable for use in quantum technology. The automated temperature control allows us to investigate the effects of phonon-induced dephasing with ease, while the integrated nano-positioning system and sample holder – designed in collaboration with Montana Instruments and QD-UK – is fully compatible with the nanophotonic devices we are investigating at low temperature. All of our experiments benefit from the low vibrations seen in the Montana Cryostation, from stable coupling to nanophotonic waveguides to diffraction-limited confocal microscopy. The support we have received from QD-UK has been excellent – they are easily contactable should issues arise and are very open to collaborative problem solving to expedite finding a solution. Having all of this is in a closed-cycle system that does not require the purchase of expensive and increasingly rare liquid helium is the icing on the cake."Dr Alex S. Clark, Centre for Cold Matter, Imperial College London
"We are using the DENS Lightning D9+ holder to investigate the magnetostructural transition and magnetic phase boundary motion in FeRh thin films. The Lightning D9+ is perfect for this study because we need to heat the FeRh thin films into a state of co-existing antiferromagnetic (AF) and ferromagnetic (FM) domains, and then simultaneously apply current pulses to induce movement of the AF / FM phase boundaries. The DENS Lightning system is very versatile, allowing us to heat samples to elevated temperatures with extreme stability, whilst using the Impulse software to run a range of biasing experiments including current, voltage and electric field sweeps. The whole system is very elegant and easy to use, but still allows the user to design complex experiments that involve simultaneous heating and biasing, as well as each stimulus in isolation. QD UKI provides excellent support and guidance, from detailed pre-sale technical consultation, genuine enquiries on product performance and quick responses to sales quotes, as well as updates on future products."Dr Trevor Almeida, Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow
"We purchased Moxtek polarisers to integrate into a custom system for quantitative polarised light microscopy that we developed in collaboration with Professor Alan Boyde (Queen Mary University of London). Due to our stringent technical demands, we required polarisers that could offer excellent polarisation uniformity over large apertures, provide exceptional contrast and that displayed minimal transmitted wavefront distortion (TWD). QD UKI provided us with exceptional service, facilitating discussions with Moxtek to ensure that the polarisers satisfied our needs. Cairn Research looks forward to working with QD UKI again on other projects."Dr Gareth Rogers, Cairn Research Ltd
"We use our C2 Cryostation to maintain our thin semiconductor samples at 4 K while we make measurements with a high power pulsed laser. Our data acquisition patterns require us to maintain these conditions for days or weeks at a time with minimal interruption. We have found the Cryostation to be an extremely low-maintenance system that has placed negligible demands on our time and budget to operate continuously for over 2 years and counting. We observe good stability in both temperature and mechanical performance. We have also received excellent post-sale support. QD UKI provided a full technical training and installation service and Montana have been happy to provide design information that has enabled us to fabricate bespoke accessories and integrate the instrument more closely into our wider experimental system. Overall, the Cryostation’s most appealing characteristic is how easy and convenient it has proved to be, enabling us to focus on the aspects of our research project that deserve the most attention."Dr Joshua Rogers, Durham University
"Our group at the University of Warwick uses SCL-Sensor.Tech piezo-resistive self-sensing cantilevers to measure the magnetic torque of ~50 micrometer-sized samples of novel metallic and magnetic materials. From torque measurements, we can obtain information about the magnetic, electronic, or superconducting properties of the sample. These experiments are conducted at low temperatures down to 0.5 K and high magnetic fields, thus requiring high standards of manufacturing and quality of all involved cantilever components. SCL-Sensor.Tech microcantilevers work very reliably and can be easily integrated in our existing laboratory infrastructure, by using a standard ac transport measurement technique to determine the piezo crystal’s resistance. The PCB-bonded cantilevers are easy to handle and their robust lever allows for a simple and easy mounting of the sample while at the same time maintaining a good sensitivity to changes in the magnetic torque. We are very happy with the QD UKI customer service for their pre-sale technical support and their reactions to feedback regarding customisation of the cantilevers to highly specific sample environments.”Dr Kathrin Götze, University of Warwick