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 an image furnace
● Flux growth in a crucible
● Czochralski
● Bridgman

Characterization techniques

● x-ray diffraction (powder, laue, single crystal)
● thermogravimetric analysis
● squid magnetometry (MPMS)
● transport, thermodynamic, magnetization (PPMS)