Today, Razorbill Instruments launched the worlds first compact cryo-compatible strain cell, the CS200. This device allows researchers to deliver precise 'stretching' and 'squashing' to small samples at very low temperature and high magnetic field. Seeing the influence of these deformations on the electrical properties of materials could have a key part of helping solve one of the big challenges in physics; the origin of so-called 'unconventional' superconductivity. This phenomenon could one day have huge impact on society; improving power transmission, allowing low-cost magnetic levitation and it will make the superconducting magnets already used in MRI scanners across the world cheaper to operate.
The design for the strain cell is based on that developed and put into practice by Dr Clifford Hicks, now at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids. He and his collaborators have been using the technology for over a year and it has already lead to a prestigious paper in the high-impact journal Science.
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