Sample Environments


Welcome to the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering sample environment page. We look after all the sample environment equipment that is available to users.

We have two sample environment laboratories available for use and four sample preparation laboratories. Here is a complete list of all sample environments currently available. 

Temperature Magnetic and Electric Fields Soft Matter Gas and vapour Sample mounting 
Closed-cycle refrigerators Horizontal magnets Other sample environments Pressure devices Sample changers
Cryofurnaces Vertical magnets   Gas and vapour delivery Selecting a cell
Cryostats Controlled voltages and current devices     Sample positioning sticks
Rapid thermal devices        
Temperature baths        
Low temperature inserts        

If you're bringing your own sample environment equipment with you, please let us know so we can ensure that it can easily be mounted to our A-Z systems sample mounting stage. The options for mounting are shown in this drawing and image.  

If you intend to bring any equipment that is either a pressure vessel or a vacuum vessel, we require six weeks notice to get the vessel approved by our pressure approvals officer. Please contact Paolo Imperia if you intend to do this. 

For more information on our sample environments, please contact: 


Dr Paolo Imperia            
Sample Environment Group Leader
Phone: + 61 (0)2 9717 3330


Mr Gene Davidson
Responsibilities: Cryogenic and magnet systems
Phone: + 61 (0)2 9717 9456


Dr Norman Booth
Responsibilities: Cold neutron instruments, high voltage and unconventional sample environments
Phone: +61 (0)2 9717 7082


Mr Stanley Lee
Responsibilities: High pressure systems and engineering design projects
Phone: +61 (0)2 9717 3387


Mr Tim D'Adam
Responsibilities: Helium-3 systems and cryogenics
Phone: +61 (0)2 9717 9892


Mr Nick Timperon
Responsibilities: Laboratory manager
Phone: +61 (0)2 9717 7281


Dr Andrew Manning
Responsibilities: Furnaces, gas sorption and desorption
Phone: +61 (0)2 9717 7408