What our customers are saying

At Quantum Design UK and Ireland, we genuinely take a pride in providing high level technical advice and solutions for our customers requirements.  Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what they are saying about us. 

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Advanced Materials Characterisation Suite, University of Cambridge

“The MPMS and PPMS systems provide a very solid platform for developing further custom measurement hardware and software. We have developed special fibre-optic feedthroughs to enable photo-luminescence and photo-conductivity measurements on organic and perovskite samples in the PPMS-DynaCool. We have also developed custom probes to perform high sensitivity dielectric measurements, and anvil-type and piston-cylinder-type pressure cells for measurements in both the MPMS3 and PPMS-DynaCool. In two years, the suite has had 80 users, 38 groups, 11 different departments, 8 universities and HEIs, 2 companies and over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals” – Cheng Liu, Advanced Materials Characterisation Suite, University of Cambridge

University of San Diego - Quantum Design OptiCool

“In terms of the research we’ve done in the OptiCool up to this point, has been primarily what we would call all-optical pump-probe spectroscopy; where we’re bringing in different beams in the visible or infrared range. But a lot of my research over the years has been in the far infrared or terahertz. So I think that the OptiCool provides a really excellent opportunity to do novel far infrared spectroscopy on materials in a magnetic field environment. The OptiCool has really nice optical access because the sorts of experiments we do, we have to bring in multiple optical beams to be able to excite a sample and then probe these dynamics in a time resolved fashion.” – Professor Richard Averitt, Physics Department, UC San Diego

Imperial College London - NanOsc CryoFMR FMR Spectrometer

“Purchasing the CryoFMR system has enabled our group to branch out into spin wave measurements quickly and easily. Without prior experience running microwave/FMR measurements, the CryoFMR has allowed us to get a spin-wave research programme up and running with several resulting publications in a short period of time.

In addition to conventional thin-film measurements, the sensitivity of the CryoFMR has also allowed us to measure nanostructures – something which we’d previously struggled with using other experimental setups.

The technical support team are responsive and have continued to update the control software and add additional features. The system has been low-maintenance, easy to operate and I’d happily recommend it, especially to existing PPMS or MPMS owners.” – Dr Jack C. Gartside, Imperial College London

London Centre for Nanotechnology

“The FusionScope can easily acquire, match and correlate the SEM image with the AFM image at the same exact area of the sample. There are also two ports already pre-built into the system so that options such as EDX, Gas Injection, Micro Manipulator and others can be added into the system at a later date. The whole system, AFM and SEM both, is also very easy to maintain with the SEM column, control boards and other aspects easy to install, remove and replace if needed in order to minimise system down-time during repairs.

Overall, the FusionScope is a very innovative, compact and user-friendly microscope for imaging, metrology and characterisation. IT is well suited for a cleanroom facility such as the LCN”  – Dr. Suguo Huo, Technical Manager, Electron and Ion Beam Facility, London Centre for Nanotechnology

Department of Physics, University of Surrey - Woollam Ellipsometers

“Quantum Design offer really good after-care. After they made the sale, they didn’t forget about us. They’re always there when we need something. I always feel like I can reach out to them. I was so happy with the first ellipsometer I got, a few years ago we purchased a new one. I had some technical questions about what the different models of ellipsometer could offer and they were able to give me really good advice and help me choose what would be best to meet our needs. And in the end I think we got the perfect product for the experiments that we want to do. A couple of times a year QDUKI run some short courses, which are really good for new users and our students who have joined the group. So I’ll say to them why don’t you check out this short course or this workshop that QDUKI are offering. Just to make sure you’re up to date with the latest developments. It’s been such a pleasure working with Quantum Design and also with the J A Woollam company” – Prof. Joe Keddie, Department of Physics, University of Surrey

Henry Royce Institute, University of Sheffield - Quantum Design MPMS3

“The MPMS 3 system is an ideal system for material discovery research, as a high throughput of samples can be measured quickly and easily at room temperature, with those of interest being investigated further over a wide temperature and magnetic field range. The option of ac susceptibility, as well as sample rotation allows for a complete study of these new magnetic materials.” – Prof Nicola Morley, Professor of Materials Physics at the University of Sheffield.  Read the full case study

“The OptiCool really is the unique system that fits into my particular research. The OptiCool has a total of eight windows and seven side windows. So we can choose whatever ports we want to send the light into. And we can set up a camera from the top so that we can see what’s going on in our scanning probes. This is great for our alignment, for the optics. You can align your optics to the tip, through the top window, and then send infrared or terahertz light in from the side windows. And we are amazed by the stability at low temperature, when the cryo pumping is on. So we have ultra-stable AFM performance even at low temperature.” – Mengkun Liu, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

Department of Physics, University of York - Quantum Design Versalab

Researchers in the Department of Physics at University of York are looking forward to working with the Quantum Design Versalab system. “The system expands our suite of instrumentation, adding a new low temperature physics research capability. We found the QDUKI Sales and Service team very responsive and everything has been dealt with very efficiently and professionally.” – Dr. Stuart Cavill, Deputy Co-ordinator of the Condensed Matter Research Group at the University of York.

NHS Tayside, Ninewells Hospital - International Light ILT2400 Meter

“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 - InfraTec Image IR Camera

“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

Imperial College London - Montana Instruments Cryostation

“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

Cairn Research Ltd - Moxtek Polarisers

“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

Durham University - Montana Instruments Cryostation C2

“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

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