Access to Equipment

Our equipment may be of use to other researchers in the department and elsewhere. Although priority must of course be given to members of the group and not all experimental needs can be accommodated, it is possible to arrange supervised access. Unfortunately it is necessary for us to charge for access as a contribution to the costs of maintaining the equipment, to oompensate for the training and supervision which is usually required, to discouraged excessive external usage, and in recognition of the fact that we are charged for using other experimental facilities.

Available Equipment

The equipment most likely to be of interest is listed below. This list is not exhaustive; nor does it detail the component parts of more complex systems, which can often also be used separately or in different combinations.

UV-vis spectrometer Details
Ocean Optics HR2000 spectrometer with a D2/halogen light source and fibre-optic reflection probe
Scanning Hall probe Details
Magnetic field mapping of flat surfaces up to 40 mm in diameter, in liquid nitrogen or at room temperature
Cryo-BI-Pulse Details
Critical current measurement of wires and tapes in liquid helium with pulsed currents up to 700 A and pulse magnetic fields up to 26 T
Critical current goniometer
Critical current measurement of wires and tapes with two-axis rotation in liquid nitrogen and up to 0.5 T
Inkjet printing Details
Deposition of coatings, patterns and structures by inkjet printing (electromagnetic, piezoelectric or CIJ); droplet visualisation


For simplicity, we set a standard daily rate of £135 regardless of the experimental procedure or equipment. Each visit will ordinarily be charged as either a full or half day.

For some users, characterisation of an individual sample may take only a short time. In the interests of efficiency and minimising disruption, we prefer for such users to accumulate a set of samples to test together in a half-day or full-day visit. In some cases, for example for an initial assessment of the suitability of the equipment or when single samples are produced infrequently, we may be able to make an exception and charge pro rata by the hour.

If work is performed as part of a collaborative research programme or an agreement is made for reciprocal access to experimental resources, reduced rates or exemption from charging may be negotiated. If you believe we may have a mutual research interest or that you have equipment we may be interested in using, please contact Dr Bartek Glowacki.

We would not ordinarily undertake work to modify our equipment significantly to accommodate your experiments, but if we were to do so we would of course need to impose an additional charge to cover our costs. All experimental work will require some supervision and training, but if unusually time-consuming training is required an additional charge may also be necessary.

Application Procedure

In order to gain access to our facilities, you are asked to complete an application form. This allows us to assess the feasibility and impact of your experimental plans and ensure that health and safety issues have been considered. Your supervisor will also need to approve your application and confirm his/her willingness to pay the charges for access.

The form is available both in Word and PDF versions. It is helpful if you can complete the Word form (.docx) electronically and e-mail it Simon Hopkins (sch29) in the first instance. If you do not have Word or prefer to discuss the details first, please simply send whatever information you can supply by e-mail.

We will also need to receive a printed copy, signed by the user and their supervisor, before work begins. If you wish to supply a printed form in advance, please send it to Simon Hopkins by UMS. (Members of the department can of course place it in the H pigeonhole or deliver it by hand).