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Optics Laboratory

Our main fluorescence spectrometer is a J-Y Fluorolog  which permits measurement over a range of 200 to 1500 nm, and offers time correlated single photon counting for lifetime measurements. An RMC-22 closed cycle refrigerator permits measurements down to 12K.

We also have a PerkinElmer LS-5B and a PerkinElmer LS 55 spectrofluorimeter. These instruments offer modest resolution (2.5 nm), pulsed excitation over the range 200 - 800 nm, and emission over the range 200 - 750 nm.

HORIBA Jobin Yvon FluroLog

For optical absorption spectroscopy, we have a Shimadzu UV-2100 (an earlier version of the Shimadzu UV-3101) double beam spectrometer for ultraviolet (UV) and visible work. We also have access to a range of other UV/visible and infra-red instruments including a Cary 100 UV/visible spectrometer, a PerkinElmer Spectrum One Fourier transform infra-red spectrometer, and a Bruker Tensor 27 infra-red spectrometer.

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Thermal Analysis Laboratory

We have a TA DSC Q100  differential scanning calorimeter which can operate from -130 to 600˚C. This instrument is primarily used for glass thermal analysis.

We also have a TA Q600 thermogravimetric analyser which operates between room temperature and 1500˚C. This instrument is mainly used for thermal analysis associated with the materials preparation aspects of our work. A mass-spectrum analyser is available for analysing exhaust gases from the TA Q600.

TA DSC Q100 (left) and TA TGA Q600 (right)

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Sample Preparation Laboratory

We have dry-box facilities for preparing hygroscopic samples. Attached to the dry-box is a conventional furnace (20 - 1000°C) and a radio frequency induction furnace (Ameritherm) which both operate with atmospheres of nitrogen or argon. We also have various annealing furnaces, cutting and polishing facilities, and ball mills and a draw-bar coater for powder and screen preparation respectively.

Dry box facilities and furnaces

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Irradiation and Diffraction

We use a Phillips PW 1720 and PW 1730 x-ray generator and a Faxitron 43855A x-ray cabinet for x-irradiations, with a maximum irradiation energy of 55 kV. We also have a de Götzen X-Genus dental x-ray set which provides 70 kV x-rays and a Golden Engineering XR150 portable x-ray generator which produces 150 kV pulses. MV x-ray sources are available at Wellington Hospital

Gamma irradiations from 60Co and other radio-nuclide sources are provided by our colleagues at GNS Science.

We have access to a PANalytical X'Pert Pro Multi Purpose Diffractometer and to electron diffraction on JEOL TEM and SEM instruments in the electron microscope suite.

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Facilities at Callaghan Innovation

We have access to a range of experimental facilities at Callaghan Innovation.

These include a dry box and furnaces for temperatures up to 1500°C, XRD, optical (visible and FTIR), and fluorescence spectrometers as well as a fully equipped optics lab with lasers ranging from 325 to 1550 nm.

optics lab

Perkin Elmer Lambda 1050 UVVis spectrometer

Perkin Elmer Lambda 1050 UV/Vis spectrometer

Cary photoluminescence spectrometer

Cary photoluminescence spectrometer