01 March 2017

easyLab® Mcell Ultra used to study topological semimetal LaBi

Researchers use the easyLab® Mcell Ultra to investigate the possible relation between extreme magnetoresistance (XMR) and superconductivity by looking at pressure effects on LaBi.  With increasing pressure Tafti et al. observe the disappearance of the XMR followed by the appearance of superconductivity at about 3.5 GPa.   In contrast to other topological semimetals, LaBi appears to show a region of coexistence between XMR an ...read more

12 January 2017

New miniature Boehler-Almax anvils with less 0.5mm thickness considerably reduces attenuation in X-Ray Raman scattering experiments

In an recent article [c.f. Petitgirard et al., J.Synchrotron Rad. 24, 276-282 (2017)], Petitgirard and co-workers describe their development of miniature Boehler-Almax design anvils for X-ray Raman scattering (XRS) experiments.   These miniature anvils manufactured by Almax easyLab, have thickness of less than 0.5mm, which is about one third of the size of typical diamond anvils.  Based on such miniature diamond anvils the resea ...read more

04 October 2016

Optiprexx PLS improvements

Almax easyLab Optiprexx PLS system is used for ruby fluorescence manometry in diamond anvil cells. Recent improvements on this system have allowed an intensity gain of a factor 4.5 for the ruby fluorescence. The new system makes use of an improved high resolution spectrometer, for which a collection lens was installed on the detector. This lens increases light-collection efficiency by a better focus of the light onto the detector elements. It ...read more

27 October 2015

A transition from a topologically-ordered to a spontaneously-broken symmetry phase observed

Researchers at the Purdue University and the University of Illinois have used the easyLab Pcell 30 to observe transition from a topologically ordered to a spontaneously broken symmetry phase in a GaAs 2D electron gas.   ...read more

22 January 2015

Researchers at UC Davis observe the transition state for pressure-induced BO3->BO4 conversion in glass.

The group led by Prof. Sabyasachi Sen used the easyLab easyCell 30 for in situ high-pressure (up to 2 GPa) boron-11 solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in combination with ab initio calculations to investigate the nature of the transition state for the pressure-induced BO3→ BO4 conversion in a borosilicate glass at ambient temperature. The results indicate an anisotropic elastic deformation of the BO3 planar triangle, unde ...read more

06 November 2014

Research collaboration involving groups in UK, US and Spain investigate the phase diagram of magnesium up to 211 GPa using the Almax Plate DAC.

In a recent publication (Phys Rev B 90, 134105 (2014)), Stinton at al. report their studies of the phase diagram of magnesium up to 211 GPa at 300 K, and to 105 GPa at 4500 K.  The collaborators used a combination of x-ray diffraction and resistive and laser heating with an Almax Plate DAC.  Their results show that the ambient pressure hcp structure of magnesium is found to start transforming to the bcc structure at ∼45 GPa, ...read more

02 January 2014

Optical vs X-Ray apertures: What is the difference?

The aim of this technical note is to explain in simple terms what we, at Almax easyLab, commonly call the optical and the X-Ray apertures in a diamond anvil cell and why there is a difference between the two. ...read more

11 December 2013

Discovery of new material state counterintuitive to laws of physics

When you squeeze something, it gets smaller. Unless you’re at Argonne National Laboratory. At the suburban Chicago laboratory, a group of scientists has seemingly defied the laws of physics and found a way to apply pressure to make a material expand instead of compress/contract. “It’s like squeezing a stone and forming a giant sponge,” said Karena Chapman, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy labor ...read more

04 November 2013

Type IIa Diamond Anvil FTIR Selection

Diamonds are categorized by the presence of nitrogen in their crystal structure. Type I diamonds have nitrogen and are the most common diamonds, whereas type II diamonds have no detectable nitrogen in their crystal structure. Type I diamonds are further classified according to the aggregation state of the nitrogen in the crystal structure. Thus, type Ia diamonds are natural diamonds with aggregated nitrogen. Type Ib diamonds, on the other hand ...read more

30 April 2013

Extra facets on diamond anvils can occur

When polishing natural diamond anvils, we are sometimes confronted with minor naturals or naives around the girdle of the diamond anvil during the finish polishing step. In order to clean the natural surfaces from any such defects, we must polish a small extra facet on these naturals or naives. This additional facet can be at most up to 1/3 of the pavilion or crown facet size. Furthermore, this facet does not weaken the diamond anvil. You ...read more

12 February 2013

Goniometer Head Available for Plate DAC Gas Membrane Adaptor

Huber has adapted one of their goniometer heads to accommodate the Plate DAC Gas Membrane Adaptor.  Based on the model 1004, the modified version has a drawing reference 102152.  Please contact us for more details. ...read more

02 June 2012

easyLab launches Mcell Ultra for MPMS

easyLab are delighted to bring to the market a new addition to our range of pressure cell modules for the Quantum Design platforms.  The miniature diamond anvil cell easyLab® Mcell Ultra builds on the success of the clamp cell easyLab® Mcell 10 which is used on the MPMS. But the Mcell Ultra goes beyond.  This enables magnetic measurements to pressures above 10 GPa in an MPMS. With a diameter of 8.5mm and a length of 35mm ...read more

02 June 2012

US group uses easyLab Pcell 30 to observe continuous phase transition in a shape-memory alloy

Recent results of the Los Alamos-led group published on Physical Review Letters 101, 135703 (2008) examine the AuZn system for thermodynamic properties that contribute to the first-order or weakly first-order nature of the free-energy landscape.  The group measured elastic neutron scattering, inelastic x-ray scattering, specific heat, and the pressure dependence of the transition by electrical transport on single crystals of both AuZn and ...read more

02 June 2012

Introducing the Diacell Bragg-XVue

easyLab are proud to introduce the Diacell® Bragg-XVue, a new diamond anvil cell aimed at X-ray diffraction as well as double-sided laser heating experiments.  An innovative cell inspired by the original design of Prof. Reinhard Boehler at the Max Planck Institute in Mainz, Germany, the Diacell® Bragg-XVue is very easy to use and align. ...read more

02 June 2012

An Introduction to Diamond Anvil High Pressure Cells

To generate high pressures large forces are needed. Since pressure = force/area, it follows that for a given force, the smaller the area over which it is applied the greater will be the pressure. The simplest way to generate a high pressure on a sample is to trap it between two opposed pistons (or anvils) that are then driven together along a common axis. More complex systems are sometimes used. Specifically, four pistons applied along th ...read more

02 June 2012

The highest transition temperature molecule-based superconductor has been discovered in the UK using the easyLab Mcell10

The collaborative work of the research groups led by Prof. Kosmas Prassides (University of Durham, Chemistry Department) and Prof. Matthew Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool, Department of Chemistry) show that superconducting Cs3C60 has the highest Tc of any molecular material at 38 K.  Their results were published in Nature Materials 7, 367 - 371 (2008). ...read more

02 June 2012

Product Feature: Diacell CryoDAC-ST

By using the Diacell® CryoDAC-ST in a Janis ST-500 large pressure-induced red shift of the luminescence band originating from non-stacked square-planar [Pt(SCN)4]2- in a novel tri-metallic complex were observed. ...read more

02 June 2012

easyLab Introduces Revolutionary Gasket Micro-Driller

The Boehler μDriller is an advanced EDM system for high-precision drilling based on technology licensed by the Max Planck Institute in Germany. It is a fully-automated electro-discharge-machine (EDM) system that enables the drilling of precision holes in any conductive material. ...read more

02 June 2012

Advances in the Discovery of New Pharmaceutical Polymorphs and Solvates Using High Pressures

Recent studies of crystal growth from solution under high pressure have demonstrated how the polymorphism of pharmaceutical compounds can be conveniently studied as a function of pressure.  Furthermore, these studies also show how new polymorphs and solvates can be discovered.   This is a significant breakthrough in the screening work of pharmaceutical compounds for polymorph/solvate formation. ...read more

02 June 2012

Argonne scientists use Bragg-(S) to discover new behaviour in MOFs

In metal-organic frameworks (MOF) materials, organic molecules can connect metal ions to form scaffolding-like structures similar to a molecular Tinker toy. The struts that make up the structure do not fill space efficiently, in the way that Lego blocks might, leaving extra spaces in the structure that can contain guest molecules. ...read more

01 June 2012

The Diacell Bragg family of DACs is now available with conical anvils

easyLab® expands its range of Diacell® diamond anvil cells once more with the introduction of the Plus series to the Bragg range.   The new complementary cells, Bragg-(S)Plus, Bragg-LT(S)Plus, Bragg-(G)Plus and Bragg-LT(G)Plus, use conical anvils supported by tungsten carbide conical plates and follow on the footsteps of the Bragg-XVue DAC. ...read more

01 June 2012

Scientists at Berkeley observe structural distortions in Ag-nanoparticles using easyLab DACicle

A recent paper published by Koski et al [c.f. Phys. Rev. B 78, 165410 (2008)] present experimental evidence that silver nanoparticles in the size range of 5-10 nm undergo a reversible structural transformation under hydrostatic pressures up to 10 GPa. ...read more

01 June 2012

Synthetic Type 2a Anvils with Ultra-Low Fluorescence Available from easyLab

 Natural diamond crystals have been used for DAC anvils for many years now.  Although widely successful, natural anvils suffer from a limited lifetime, stability and attainable pressures because of the crystal defects inherent to them as well as quality variations.  Furthermore, natural diamond crystals emit luminescence, which may make it difficult to measure the optical signal from a sample placed inside the DAC. ...read more

01 June 2012

High-pressure high-temperature Fourier Transform Infrared Measurements at BL 1.4.3 of the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA USA

by Wren Montgomery NERC Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Earth Sciences University of Bristol – United Kingdom. Diamond anvil cell samples are on a scale of tens of microns.  When studying chemical reactions in inhomogeneous systems, the high spatial resolution of synchrotron source FTIR is extremely useful for pinpointing where in the sample reactions take place.  The short working distance of most infrared microsc ...read more

01 June 2012

easyLab introduces integrated high-pressure & low-temperature system

easyLab, in collaboration with Janis Research Company Inc. (Janis), are proud to introduce an integrated solution for researchers seeking to perform high pressure experiments at low temperatures.  By combining and fully integrating the Diacell® OmniDAC-LT diamond anvil cell (DAC) with a pulse-tube-based Janis Model PTSHI-950-5 top-loading optical cryostat researchers have a turn-key platform in which to carry out optical and scat ...read more

01 June 2012

Magnetic Switching under Pressure

[Article reproduced under permission from Argonne National Laboratory.  The work on this article is based on data taken using the easyLab Mcell 10 and the Diacell Bragg-(S)]. A material’s properties are a critical factor in the way that material can be used for practical applications. Magnetism is one such property, and magnetic switches are key components for advances in data storage and for displays in computers and cell phon ...read more

01 June 2012

Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai crank up the pressure with the easyLab Mcell Ultra.

Since its launch in the Spring of 2009, the easyLab® Mcell Ultra has proven a very popular product amongst the research community working on superconducting systems and strongly correlated electrons systems. Professor Sampathkumaran and his group from the Department of Condensed Matter Physics & Material Science (DCMPMS) TIFR/Mumbai have already carried numerous experiments under pressure using easyLab Technologies’ pressure cell ...read more

01 June 2012

Diacell VivoDAC launched by easyLab

easyLab has launched this month a new diamond anvil cell, the Diacell® VivoDAC.  The Diacell® VivoDAC is a membrane-driven cell, allowing good control of pressure over a relatively low pressure range of up to 2 GPa.   Instead of the usual opposing anvils found in DACs, the Diacell® VivoDAC uses a diamond anvil and diamond plate combination, the latter being the observation port.  This important design featu ...read more

01 June 2012

Team from Ausburg University Studies Carbon Nanotubes Under High Pressures

In the paper entitled “Role of the Pressure Transmitting Medium for the Pressure Effects in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes” by Abouelsayed et al. (J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114 (10), pp 4424–4428), researchers from Augsburg University and the Institute for Nanotechnology, KIT, in Karlsruhe, Germany present the pressure-dependent infrared absorbance spectra of unoriented single-walled carbon nanotube films for pressures up to 8 ...read more

24 March 2012

Silver behenate considered as pressure calibrant

Researchers in Poland and Sweden have studied the compression of silver behenate under high pressures using an easyLab diamond anvil cell (Diacell® Bragg-G) and found that the reduction of the [0 0 1] long-period spacing under increasing pressure can be accurately determined.  In addition, the study also shows that there is no compression hysteresis, making this material a potential new pressure calibrant in high pressure studies usin ...read more

23 March 2012

Transformation Processes in Relaxor Ferroelectric Using the Diacell µScopeDAC-RT(G)

A research team from the University of Hamburg, Virginia Tech, TU Dresden and the Bulgarian Institute of Sciences have used the Diacell μScopeDAC-RT(G) to study transformation processes in relaxor ferroelectric PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 heavily doped with Nb and Sn.  By performing in-situ Raman scattering and X-ray diffraction on 0.72PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3—0.28PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (PSTN) and 0.78PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3—0.22PbSnO3 (PSTS) the effect of a ...read more

07 February 2012

New Products Launched by easyLab

easyLab are proud to introduce 3 new products this month: 1)    Diacell® CCS-DAC System:  a cryocooler-based cryostat integrated with a DAC This turn-key low temperature and high pressure diamond anvil cell system is extremely simple to use.   The nominal temperature range is about 10 K up to 325 K, although lower temperatures are achievable. The Diacell® CCS-DAC System is essentially a benc ...read more

07 February 2012

Diamond Anvil Cell Holders Available from Huber

HUBER Diffraktionstechnik GmbH & Co. KG has specific diamond anvil cell holders available for the Diacell Bragg-(S). The HUBER holder 670.5 (c.f. http://www.xhuber.de/en/Products/diffractometers/xray/powder/g670/Zubehoer/ 670_5/670_5.rsys)  enables the Bragg-(S) to be positioned on x-ray powder diffractometers.  For the precise positioning of the Diacell Bragg-(S) on the 670 housing, ...read more

07 February 2012

Studies of Superconductivity Using easyLab Pressure Cells

In Nature Communications, Wang et al. (from Hefei, China) report on their discovery of  superconductivity at 5 K in alkali-metal-doped phenanthrene.   By using an easyLab Mcell 10, they show that a 1 GPa pressure leads to a 20% increase of Tc, suggesting that alkali-metal-doped phenanthrene displays unconventional superconductivity.  In addition, Raman spectra indicate that alkali-metal doping injects charge into the s ...read more