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After a centering plot is performed the plot is examined to determine whether the sample is centered in the SQUID pickup coils. The sample is centered when the part of the large, middle curve is within 5cm of the half-way point of the scan length.

The shape of the plot is a function of the geometry of the coils. The coils are wound in a way which strongly rejects interference from nearby magnetic sources and lets the MPMS function without a superconducting shield around the pickup coils.

Geometric considerations

To minimize background noise and stray field effects, the MPMS magnetometer pick-up coil takes the form of a second-order gradiometer. An important feature of this gradiometer is that moving a long, homogeneous sample through it produces no signal as long as the sample extends well beyond the ends of the coil during measurement.

As a sample holder is moved through the gradiometer pickup coil, changes in thickness, mass, density, or magnetic susceptibility produce a signal. Ideally, only the sample to be measured produces this change. A homogeneous sample that extends well beyond the pick-up coils does not produce a signal, yet a small sample does produce a signal. There must be a crossover between these two limits. The sample length (along the field direction) should not exceed 10 mm. In order to obtain the most accurate measurements, it is important to keep the sample susceptibility constant over its length; otherwise distortions in the SQUID signal (deviations from a dipole signal) can result. It is also important to keep the sample close to the magnetometer centerline to get the most accurate measurements. When the sample holder background contribution is similar in magnitude to the sample signal, the relative positions of the sample and the materials producing the background are important. If there is a spatial offset between the two along the magnet axis, the signal produced by the combined sample and background can be highly distorted and will not be characteristic of the dipole moment being measured.

Even if the signal looks good at one temperature, a problem can occur if either of the contributions are temperature dependent.

Careful sample positioning and a sample holder with a center, or plane, of symmetry at the sample (i.e. materials distributed symmetrically about the sample, or along the principal axis for a symmetry plane) helps eliminate problems associated with spatial offsets.

Containing the sample

Keep the sample space of the MPMS magnetometer clean and free of contamination with foreign materials. Avoid accidental sample loss into the sample space by properly containing the sample in an appropriate sample holder. In all cases it is important to close the sample holder tube with caps in order to contain a sample that might become unmounted. This helps avoid sample loss and subsequent damage during the otherwise unnecessary recovery procedure. Position caps well out of the sample-measuring region and introduce proper venting.

Sample preparation workspace

Work area cleanliness and avoiding sample contamination are very important concerns. There are many possible sources of contamination in a laboratory. Use diamond tools when cutting hard materials. Avoid carbide tools because of potential contamination by the cobalt binder found in many carbide materials. The best tools for preparing samples and sample holders are made of plastic, titanium, brass, and beryllium copper (which also has a small amount of cobalt). Tools labeled non-magnetic can actually be made of steel and often be made "magnetic" from exposure to magnetic fields. However, the main concern from these "non-magnetic" tools is contamination by the iron and other ferrous metals in the tool. It is important to have a clean white-papered workspace and a set of tools dedicated to mounting your own samples. In many cases, the materials and tools used can be washed in dilute acid to remove ferrous metal impurities. Follow any acid washes with careful rinsing with deionized water.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply

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