The lab houses two dilution refrigerators, one Helium-3 system and a VTI, all of which were manufactured by the Janis Research corporation. There is also a BlueFors fridge that needs space made through renovation before being an active asset. The fridges exhaust are all connected to a reliquifier by Quantum Design. Click on a system to learn more.
VTI (Variable Temperature Instrument)
|Other assets in the lab:|
|This concrete slab connects the pumps in the pump room to the world outside. Note the handprint in the middle; that's Cory's.|
|Inside the pump room are, of course, several pumps. Shown here are two roots blowers and two pfieffer responsible for sucking on the still lines.|
|Several Alcatel 2008s perform utility vacuum functions.|
|Also in the pump room are the three power transformers which provide clean power to the sensitive appartuses outside.|
Rome wasn't built in a day:
Here are some photos from the lab, taken during the slightly less than scientific construction phase.
|It begins! ... with a thud.|
|Our esteemed group leader can be seen here making sure that the hole in the ground actually exists.|
|Two of the three pits in the lab prior to the concrete pour.|
|Before investigating such oddities as the Wigner Crystal or Quantum Nanofluidics, we must first examine something much more humble: dirt.|
|The ULT-SPM pit, in its nascent stage.|
|The corner where there now sits the ULT-SPM set up. Note the new walls and the two pits!|
|The corner above with the elegant ash wood structure clearly visible. The 8" PVC pipe can be seen on the floor, itching to be hoisted into position.|
|Cory Dean, after carrying this slab of concrete back on his back from the civil engineering department.|
|The electricians working on our pump room power controls.|
|Robert, Richard, and John making sure the newly installed I-Beam isn't going anywhere.|
|John wondering if and how the other I-beam is going to fit in the ceiling. (NB: it did fit)|
|Five burly gentlemen getting ready to hoist the 300 lb lead-antinomy pipe, otherwise known as L'Gros Réflecteur, into place.|
|L'Gros Réflecteur in all its quiet glory. This subtle yet potent beast will help prevent any vibrations originating from the pump room from reaching the sensitive tip of the AFM.|
The other side of the lab which now houses the He-3 system.