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Quick start guide

This short document gives a quick overview of how to get going quickly with your Razorbill Instruments Cryogenic strain cell. It designed to give you all the information you need to get going with a CS1X0 or FC100 cell, without overwhelming the reader with too much additional information.

Quick start guide

Quick start guide - PPMS probes

This quick start guide is designs for users who purchased a pre-modified quantum design PPMS probe from Razorbill. These users will be able to get going more quickly as most of the probe, cryostat and wiring are completely compatible.

PPMS probe quick start guide

PPMS Kit Installation Guide

This document provides step-by-step instructions as to how a PPMS kit can be used to convert an existing Quantum Design multifunction probe (MFP) to be used with a Razorbill Instrument CS100 or FC100 stress/strain cell.

PPMS Kit Installation Guide

Connector installation guide

This set of instructions aids in installing miniature coax (MMCX) connectors on flexible ultra-miniature coaxial cable. This may be required if a user is installing their cryostat wiring or replacing a faulty connector.

Connector installation guide

Product safety sheet

This product safety sheet is relevant to all the Razorbill Instruments stress and strain devices. Please read it carefully before the devices are used for the first time in order to avoid personal injury or irreparable damage to the devices.

Product safety sheet

Product Datasheets

CS1X0 Datasheet

This datasheet contains everything you need to go to get started with a CS100, CS110, CS120 or CS130
It includes;

An extended list of specifications

Dimensioned drawings of the device

Overview of sample mounting

Approaches to apparatus mounting

A short operation guide

 

CS1X0 Datasheet

CS2X0T Datasheet

This datasheet contains everything you need to go to get started with our two types of transmission cell, the CS200T and CS220T
It includes;

An extended list of specifications

Overview of sample mounting

Approaches to apparatus mounting

A short operation guide

CS200T datasheet

FC100 Datasheet

The datasheet contains everything you need to go to get started with the FC100 high performance stress cell.
It includes;

An extended list of specifications

Overview of sample mounting

Approaches to apparatus mounting

A short operation guide

 

FC100 Datasheet

Accessory Datasheets

RP100 power supply manual

The instruction manual for the RP100, Razorbill Instruments power supply. Two channel 4-quadrant, (±200V sink-source, bipolar) power supply to drive CS1X0, CS2X0T, FC100 or UC200 series stress or strain cells.

RP100 Instruction Manual

Quantum design multifuction probe with strain modification

This guide is for users of Quantum Design multifunction probes that have been converted for use with Razorbill Instruments products. It is relevant both for customers who have converted their own multifunction probes with a conversion kit supplied by Razorbill Instruments and by customers who purchased a complete pre-modified probe.

PPMS Probe User Guide

WP100 – Wiing platform datasheet

This datasheet is for users of the wiring platform WP100. These are PCBs that conveniently place a contact close to a mounted sample for electrical transport or magnetic susceptibility measurements. Please note that 1x WP100 is supplied with each FC100 device and 2x are included with each PPMS probe modification kit.

WP100 – wiring platform datasheet

Application Notes

AP001 Thermal expansion

This application note describes how Razorbill Instruments stress and strain cells respond to temperature changes. It includes details of the thermal expansion of piezoelectric stacks, and the mechanism by which the cells prevent that thermal expansion from affecting the sample. It also describes the remaining effects which are not compensated, the thermal expansion of the rest of the cell. Implications for the sample are described, along with some suggestions of how to mount samples with large thermal expansions. Finally this application note also includes a few notes about other thermal effects such as changes in thermal conductivity of the cell.

AP001 Thermal Expansion Application Note

AP002 Drive Electronics

The Razorbill Instruments stress and strain cells use piezoelectric stacks to drive them.  These stacks require voltages of up to ± 200 V, with very small currents, to operate.  This document describes the way that the cells should be connected, and discusses some of the options for generating the required voltages.

Note that Razorbill Instruments can provide a power supply to work with any of our cells, which substantially simplifies the process of getting up and running. This application note is of more use to customers who plan to provide their own power supply, but also contains some details about wiring and connections which are more broadly applicable.

AP002 Drive Electronics

AP003 Measuring Capacitance

Razorbill Instruments stress and strain cells use parallel plate capacitive sensors. In strain cells, the capacitor measures the displacement applied to the sample, and in stress cells it measures the force applied. This application note describes;

  • the sensors, how they should be connected.
  • cabling requirements.
  • different options for measuring the capacitance.

AP003 Measuring Capacitance

AP004 Heat flow in wire and cable

Razorbill Instruments stress and strain cells require relatively high voltages to operate, and integrate capacitance sensors for feedback. This means that the cryostat needs suitably insulated wires for the drive, and coax cables for the readout. But many cryostats do not include this type of wiring, so the researcher may have to install it. There are two other Application Notes AP002 and AP003 which cover drive electronics and capacitance measurement, and have information about types of wire and cable. This Application Note describes thermal conductivity and heat load, which applies to any type of cable.

Note that Razorbill Instruments also sell wiring and feedthrough kits for Quantum Design PPMS cryostats, which can provide a quicker and easier option than starting from scratch.

 

AP004 Wire and cable heat load

AP005: Mounting samples

This document describes a practical procedure for mounting samples for the application of stress and strain at cryogenic temperature.

The Razorbill instruments stress and strain cells are versatile tools for applying uniaxial stress and strain at low-temperature. Because scientific experiments are necessarily involve doing procedures that have not been done before, many materials and or probes will require the development of new mounting procedures or the use of the cell in even more unconventional ways. Consequently, this application note should be considered only a starting off point for how samples may be mounted and not a complete account.

AP005 Sample Mounting

Dimensioned drawings and 3D models

CS1X0 Dimensioned drawings and STEP files

These dimensioned drawings and CAD models will enable you to determine your preferred way to mount the cell in your cryostat.

To download the .STEP files, please right-click on the the download link and select "save link as..." then select where you want to save the file, specifying a .step filetype.

CS1X0 dimensioned drawings: device
CS1X0 dimensioned drawings: sample plates and spacers
CS100 3D .STEP file
CS110 3D .STEP file
CS120 3D .STEP file
CS130 3D .STEP file

FC100 dimensioned drawings and STEP files

These dimensioned drawings and CAD models will enable you to determine your preferred way to mount the cell in your cryostat.

To download the .STEP files, please right-click on the the download link and select "save link as..." then select where you want to save the file, specifying a .step filetype.

FC100 dimensioned drawings: device
FC100 dimensioned drawings: sample plates and spacers
FC100 3D .STEP file

UC200 dimensioned drawings and STEP files

These dimensioned drawings and CAD models will enable you to determine your preferred way to mount the cell in your cryostat.

To download the .STEP files, please right-click on the the download link and select "save link as..." then select where you want to save the file, specifying a .step filetype.

CS2X0T datasheet
CS2X0T dimensioned drawings: device
CS2X0T dimensioned drawings: sample plates and spacers
CS2X0T 3D .STEP file

Modified PPMS Probe technical drawing and wiring diagrams

These dimensioned drawings will enable you to see exactly what a completed PPMS multifunction probe will look like.

PPMS kit installation guide
Modified PPMS probe user guide
PPMS probe dimensioned drawings
Wiring diagram

Software and drivers

RP100 User Manual
Windows drivers
Driver installation instructions
A simple software tool to send commands to the power supply.