ISIS provides a wide range of state-of-the-art sample environment equipment, support labs and technical expertise to support ISIS users with their science programmes.
We can routinely provide equipment for experiments covering low and high temperature, pressure, gas handling, magnets, motion and temperature control and electronics. Sample environments cover temperature ranges from 25 mK up to 2300 K, pressures from vacuum to 25 GPa, magnetic fields up to 14 T.
In-house expertise is available to support users with their science programmes at ISIS. Team members can also arrange for more unusual apparatus and combinations of parameters to be supplied.
Electronics and sample support assist with temperature and position measurement systems as well as test and measurement. Such systems are commonly used on rotary cryostats, furnaces, and positioning systems such as linear tables and goniometers.
A wide variety of low-temperature cryogenic equipment is available for ISIS instruments, including top and bottom dilution refrigerators (≥30mK), static exchange gas He4 cryostats (≥1.5K) and both top and bottom loading closed cycle refrigerators (≥4.5K).
A significant number of experiments require gas handling, (GH), facilities; either because the sample is condensed directly from the gaseous phase or the gas used is an integral aspect of sample preparation, or a component of the chemistry being studied.
We are able to provide vacuum furnaces, covering the temperature range 200°C to 2000°C for the neutron instruments and temperatures of up to 1200°C on the Muon beamlines. Heating elements are either Vanadium, Niobium or Tantalum. All elements and shields are fabricated in-house.
ISIS has a selection of super conducting magnets; with available fields of up to 13.5 tesla, maximum beam openings of up to ±15˚ in the vertical plane and ±90˚ in the horizontal plane and a 2T magnet that can provide a highly uniform field which can be oriented in any direction.
Establishing how and where Sample Environment fits into soft matter and bio materials experiments has become harder due to the diverse range of experiments that has rapidly grown over recent years. The complexity and variety of samples used in soft matter research demand special requirements from the design and operation of sample environment equipment.
The electronics and sample support group assists with temperature and position measurement systems. Such systems are commonly used on rotary cryostats, furnaces, and positioning systems such as linear tables and goniometers.