“Reinvention lights up optical experiments at low temperatures”
Product development can often be an incremental process, but Quantum Design took the bold step of assigning three of its most experienced physicists to create a dedicated R&D unit to devise, design and build a new instrument from scratch. “We were told we could work on anything we wanted,” says William Neils, who heads the Q-Works R&D programme. “Our brief was to come up with an idea, follow our noses, and try to invent something new.”
The result? A unique, award-winning magneto-optical cryostat that offers researchers a much larger sample space, unrivalled optical access, and the ability to probe materials at temperatures below 2 K and magnetic fields as high as 7 T. Typical experiments might include optical inspection of a sample using a high-performance microscope objective, or pump−probe experiments that exploit pulses of light to analyse the behaviour and dynamics of materials at different temperatures and magnetic fields.