The Cao’s lab features a wide array of facilities for materials synthesis and characterization, which includes floating zone, flux and transport techniques for single crystal growth, and various probes for measurements of structural, transport, magnetic, thermal and dielectric properties. These measurements are often conducted at high magnetic fields (up to 15 Tesla), pressures (up to 40 kbar) and low temperatures (down to 0.05 K). The following details the capability of the Cao’s lab for materials synthesis and characterization.     

lab overview

Laboratory in G223, Duane Physics

 

I. Materials Synthesis and Structural Characterization 

  • NEC optical floating zone furnace (up to 2200 oC) with pressure and vacuum control for single crystal growth.
  • A large array of Lindberg box, tube, crucible and zone furnaces for high-temperature (up to 1700 oC) materials synthesis including flux growth of single crystals and crystal annealing in different atmospheres.
  • Hitachi/Oxford MT 3300 SEM and EDX
  • Bruker ECO QUEST single-crystal x-ray diffractometer with a cold stage of 100 K-380K
  • Rigaku MiniFlex 600 powder x-ray diffractometer
  • Olympus polarizing microscope
  • Various microscopes

II. Materials Characterization

  •  Oxford 15 T magnet with 3He and 4He temperature inserts capable of transport, magnetic, heat capacity and dielectric measurements for 300mK < T <  350 K and up to 15 T.
  • Quantum Design SQUID Magnetometer 7T XL (MPMS) with an added transport probe capable of magnetic and transport measurements for 1.7 < T < 400 K and up to 7 T.
  • Quantum Design Dynacool Physical Property Measurement System (Dynacool PPMS) with a dilution refrigerator, 50 mK < T < 1000 K and up to 14 T, which provides capabilities of measurements of magnetic, thermal and transport properties.
  • Pressure systems for PPMS (32 kbar) and MPMS (40 kbar).
  • Closed cycle cryostat (Advanced Research System) for transport and thermoelectric power measurements capable of continuous temperature sweeping between 9 to 900 K. 
  • Lakeshore AC resistance bridge and Linear Research 700 AC resistance bridge.  
  • QuadTech LCR meter with a frequency range of 10 Hz - 2 MHz.
  • A large array of Keithley meters such as Keithley 2400 and 6220 Sourcemeter, Keithley 2182 and 2182A Nanovoltmeters
  • Lake Shore 331 temperature controller, Conductus temperature controller

 

Optical floating zone furnace

NEC Optical Floating-Zone Furnace

 

Single Crystal X-Ray Diffraction

Bruker Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer with Temperature Control

 

Powder X-Ray Diffraction

Rigaku Powder X-Ray Diffractometer

 

SEM/EDX

Hitachi/Oxford Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX) 

 

Magnetic Property Measurement Syetem

Quantum Design Magnetic Property Measurement Syetem (MPMS) 

 

PPMS

Dynacool Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS)  (0.05 K - 1000 K, 14 T)

 

pressure cell

Various Pressure Cell for PPMS and MPMS