Loq sample environment
17 Oct 2008



Sample environment (or SE) equipment is the apparatus that contains the sample to be studied, and which also allows it to be subjected to a range of different conditions (temperature, pressure, etc) in order to extract the science.The versatility of SAN


The LOQ sample position is in air with access from above. It can accommodate equipment up to 2m3 in size. There is a 1 tonne crane, an alignment laser to help position samples, and it is provided with compressed air, argon, helium and nitrogen gas purges, and both normal and demineralised water.


LOQ-specific (the standard configuration is marked with *)

  • quartz cuvettes *
  • vertical height stage (computer-controlled) *
  • horizontal translation stage (computer-controlled) *
  • thermostatted sample changer with a variety of sample racks *
  • 3kW (heat & cool) circulating fluid baths (-20 to +100 degC) *
  • rotating sample rack for unstable dispersions (NB: limited temperature control)
  • small rotation stage (computer-controlled)
  • small +/- 45 degree goniometer (manual)
  • fibre holder
  • Physica MCR501 CSS/CSR rheometer with quartz or titanium Couette geometries
  • Scientific & Medical (Thar) 1kbar pressure cell
  • Goudsmit 2T electromagnet (90mm pole gap; transverse or solenoidal fields) - NB: this is the only magnet available on LOQ; higher fields are possible on SANS2D
  • Stop-flow apparatus - in development

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ISIS Laboratories

The ISIS Chemistry and Materials Characterisation Laboratories contain a variety of additional equipment which may be used to better characterise samples. This equipment is available for use by visiting researchers but must be booked in advance. It includes: