Facilities

We have excellent facilities for sample preparation and characterisation

Material preparation and handling

● zirconia ball mill for making fine powder and mixing
● Inert gas glove box (nitrogen)
● Well-equipped cutting and polishing laboratory
● X-ray diffraction facilities (powder and single-crystal)
● Sintering and annealing furnaces (up to 1600oC)

Crystal growth methods

● Optical floating-zone method using image furnaces (standard and high temperature/pressure)
● Flux growth in a crucible
● Czochralski
● Bridgman
● Chemical vapour transport

Characterization techniques

● X-ray diffraction (powder, Laue, single crystal)
● Thermogravimetric analysis
● Squid magnetometry (MPMS)
● Transport, thermodynamic, magnetization (PPMS)