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Product Specialist
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physical property measurement

VersaLab 3 Tesla Cryogen-free Physical Property Measurement System


3 Tesla, Cryogen-free Physical Property Measurement System

With a temperature range of 50 – 400 K, this 3 Tesla platform is perfect for accomplishing many types of materials characterisation in a limited space.

As with all Quantum Design instruments, VersaLab is a fully automated turnkey system with a user-friendly interface, and utilises technology developed for Quantum Design’s popular Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS).

VersaLab is specifically designed for material characterisation up to 3 Tesla and over a wide temperature range without the need of liquid cryogens. Utilising a new approach to cryocooler equipment design, VersaLab employs a new 4He-based temperature control system and gas flow technology that eliminates the need for liquid cryogens.


  • Free space in the lab because of its compact size and portability
  • Free time while the automated instrument performs measurements
  • Freedom from liquid cryogens
  • Freedom from cooling water and high power requirements
  • A single hardware configuration for all temperatures, fields, and magnetic moments
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    Thermal Measurements

    Heat Capacity Option

    Completely automated relaxation technique from 50 - 400 K

    Integrated data acquisition electronics and analysis software

    Thermal Transport Option

    AC Resistivity ρ

    Measured by using precision DSP current source and phase-sensitive voltage detection.

    Thermal Conductivity κ

    Measured by applying heat from the heater shoe in order to create a user-specified temperature differential between the two thermometer shoes.

    Seebeck Coefficient α

    Measured by creating a specified temperature drop between the two thermometer shoes - just as it does to measure thermal conductivity. However, for Seebeck coefficient the voltage drop created between the thermometer shoes is also monitored.

    Thermoelectric Figure of Merit ZT

    Determined here simply as the algebraic combination α2T /(κρ) of the three measured quantities - thermal conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and AC electrical resistivity.


    Vibrating Sample Magnetometer Option (VSM)

    RMS Sensitivity: < 10-6 emu with 1 sec averaging

    Optional VSM Oven up to 1000 K

    First Order Reversal Curve (FORC) Measurements Option

    Provides a quantitative fingerprint of the magnetic reversal mechanisms

    Fully automated FORC acquisition using MultiVu

    Preformatted output file for easy import into post-processing software

    Torque Magnetometry Option

    Measures the magnetic torque = mBsinθ

    Designed to measure moments of very small anisotropic samples

    Moment Sensitivity: 3 x 10-7 emu at 3 T

    AC Susceptibility Option (ACMS II)

    AC Susceptibility

    Sensitivity: 1 x 10-8 emu

    Amplitude: 0.005 Oe – 15 Oe (peak)

    Frequency Range: 10 Hz – 10 KHz

    Direct phase nulling technique measures and cancels background AC phase shifts at every measurement

    DC Magnetisation

    Sensitivity: 5 x 10-6 emu

    Magneto-Optic Option

    TLS120Xe High Power Tuneable Light Source

    100 W Short-Arc Xenon Arc Lamp

    Wavelength Range: 280 nm – 1100 nm

    Direct wavelength control through front panel or MultiVu

    MLS Xenon Light Source

    300 W Short-Arc Xenon Arc Lamp

    10 position filter wheel

    9 bandpass filters (436 nm, 470 nm, 500 nm, 530 nm, 555 nm, 585 nm, 640 nm, 740 nm, 850 nm)


    DC Resistivity Option

    Four independent channels for performing DC resistivity

    Temperature Range: 50-400 K

    Current Range: 2 nA to 8 mA

    Sample Resistance Range: Up to 5 MOhm

    Electrical Transport Option (ETO)

    For performing AC Resistance, Hall Effect, I-V, and Differential Resistance (dV/dI vs. I) measurements.

    1nV sensitivity, 10 nΩ resolution at 100 mA

    AC and DC drive amplitude 10 nA to 100 mA

    Resistance ranges from 10 µΩ to 5 GΩ

    Horizontal Sample Rotator

    Thermometer located on rotator platform

    Precision, stepper controlled rotator

    Step Size: 0.013 degrees (standard); 0.0011 degrees (high resolution)

    Angle Range: -10 degrees to 370 degrees

    Multi-Function Probe

    Direct axial ports to the sample stage are provided to install light pipes, fiber optic cables, microwave guides and/or extra electrical leads.

    High Pressure

    High Pressure Cell for Magnetometry

    Introducing a novel, high pressure cell for magnetometry that allows easier sample insertion and removal without the need of an hydraulic press. This pressure cell, manufactured by HMD, comes in a complete kit that contains all the accessories you will need to aid in the characterisation of your samples.

    Benefits of the HMD Pressure Cell:

    All BeCu design for more uniform magnetic background

    No copper ring seal ensures easy sample removal

    All necessary accessories conveniently packaged

    Compatible with VSM transport

    No hydraulic press necessary


    Maximum Applied Pressure – 1.3 GPa

    Sample Space Diameter – 1.7 or 2.2 mm

    Sample Space Length – 7 mm max

    Cell Diameter – 8.5 mm

    Temperature Range – 50 to 400K

    Please Note: Requires VSM and Large Bore Coil Set


    Hydrostatic Pressure Cell for Electrical Measurements

    Introducing a hydrostatic pressure cell for electrical measurements designed for use in all PPMS platform instruments (PPMS, DynaCool, VersaLab) . This pressure cell, manufactured by ElectroLab, is compatible with Quantum Design’s DC Resistivity, ACT and ETO measurement options.

    Benefits of the ElectroLab Pressure Cell:

    Based on BeCu pressure cell technology

    Integrated external thermometer

    10 sample leads (5 twisted pairs)

    Compatible with all QD PPMS platforms

    Manufactured by the leading supplier of hydrostatic pressure cells in Japan

    Several press sets also available


    Maximum Applied Load – 3.0 GPa

    Maximum Sample Pressure – 2.7 GPa

    Sample Space Diameter – 4.0 mm

    Sample Space Length – 6.0 mm max

    Temperature Range – 50 to 400K

    Spectroscopy and FMR/CryoFMR

    Raman & Luminescence Spectroscopy System

    Quantum Design's new Spectroscopy System combines Raman and Photo-Luminescence spectroscopy with optical sample imaging in the variable temperature and magnetic field environment of the PPMS. Using this "turn-key" system, gaseous, liquid and solid materials, in bulk or thin film form, may be investigated. Raman spectroscopy is a non-destructive spectroscopic technique used to identify and explore vibrational, rotational, and other excitation modes in a sample. Raman spectroscopy is commonly used to identify crystalline materials by measuring their specific Raman "fingerprint." This is done by measuring the inelastic scattering of light. In crystalline samples, the inelastic gain or loss of energy produces narrow discrete peaks known as Stokes and Anti-Stokes peaks, respectively. Glasses, in contrast, have broad vibrational spectra that in turn give rise to broad Raman spectra. When using the versatile PPMS Spectroscopy System, the study of spin-lattice coupling in strongly correlated oxides as a function of temperature and magnetic field is made easy through the highly automated MultiVu interface.


    Various Wavelengths (532, 785, and 850 nm)

    Tilt and Tip control

    Volume Holographic Grating

    Ultra-Narrow-Band Notch Filter

    Compact Footprint


    Structural Identification

    Impurity Detection

    Crystallisation Analysis

    Bulk and thin film

    Stokes and Anti-Stokes Signal


    NanOsc FMR Spectrometers

    The CryoFMR spectrometer is a plug and play system that allows broadband CPW-FMR characterisationwith lock-in capability. It includes its own RF frequency source as well as lock-in detection module, so that the only parts required to conduct an experiment are a computer for software control and a PPMS platform. Temperature range: 50 K to 400 K. Frequency Range from 2 GHz up to 40 GHz.


    Compact Imaging Spectrograph
    (Andor Shamrock 193i Spectrograph with iVac 316 CCD)

    Quantum Design now adds in-situ structural and chemical spectra analysis to PPMS materials characterisationmeasurements at low temperature and high magnetic fields. This ability answers a growing demand in the research community. Offering a wide range of modular interfaces that feature cage system couplers, Quantum Design offers endlessly configurable connections between the Compact Imaging Spectrograph and the PPMS Optical Multi-Function Probe (OMFP). The spectrograph's "wide aperture" slit opens the door to a single set up with the OMFP to image the sample, while also allowing spectral information collection through the same optical path from the microscope.


    Integrated control and data acquisition through PPMS MultiVu software

    Dual grating turret with RFID

    Dual Detector Output

    Adaptive Focus

    Pre-aligned and calibrated

    Compact and rugged design


    Absorption, Transmission, and Reflection

    Raman (532, 785, and 850 nm)

    Fluorescence and Luminescence


    Optical Multi-Function Probe

    The newly designed Optical Multi-Function Probe (OMFP) offers unprecedented flexibility and versatility that allows you to conduct photonic, quantum optics and correlative microscopy experiments within the variable temperature and magnetic field environments of the PPMS, DynaCool and VersaLab. The OMFP probe features a room temperature “head” with multiple access ports and integrated optical breadboard for mounting optical components such as spherical and achromatic lenses, turning mirrors, filters, diffusers, beam splitters, prisms, waveplates, fibre bundles and electrical wiring. The open modular design of the probe head provides easy access to the axial ports and connectors which can be configured to route electrical, single fibres, fibre bundles and miniature waveguides to the sample space. In addition, a central optical access port allows free-beam optics experiments in the cryostat. A 0.5 in. standard optical thread mount makes aligning and focusing lens assemblies fast and easy.

    Optical Multi-Function Probe (OMFP)


    Available for VersaLab, DynaCool and PPMS

    Half inch (SM05) free-beam access port for optical capability along optical path

    Direct axial electrical, SMA and other ports to sample stage provided to install light pipes, fibre optics cables, and/or electrical leads

    2 sets of 4 electrical leads on sample PCB interface for electrical transport experiments

    Multiple measurement capability (e.g., electrical resistivity, Hall effect, Van der Pauw, magnetometry and other optical measurements)

    Integrated wiring for optional motorized Cartesian positioning system (3 x 3 x 3 mm movement capability)

    Sample stage with integrated thermometer

    Multi-Position filter and lens mounts for cold region of probe

    300 K to 50 K, ± 3 T (VersaLab); 300 K to 1.8 K, ± 14 T (DynaCool); 300 K to 1.9 K, ± 16 T (PPMS)


    Free optics studies

    Fibre optics measurements

    Thermal-Optical properties

    Magneto-Optical properties


    Cartesian Positioning System

    A fully motorized Cartesian sample positioning system can be used with the Optical Multi-Function Probe (OMFP) to focus a laser beam or other excitation source on a particular region of the sample. The Cartesian positioning system provides for an XYZ movement capability of 3 x 3 x 3 mm.


    Xenon Light Source

    TLS120Xe High Power Tuneable Light Source

    100 W Short-Arc Xenon Arc Lamp

    Wavelength Range: 280 nm – 1100 nm

    Direct wavelength control through front panel or MultiVu

    MLS Xenon Light Source

    300 W Short-Arc Xenon Arc Lamp

    10 position filter wheel

    9 bandpass filters (436 nm, 470 nm, 500 nm, 530 nm, 555 nm, 585 nm, 640 nm, 740 nm, 850 nm)

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