Sunday, December 18, 2011

IDT team reaches 44 GPa on SNAP!

An IDT team including Malcolm Guthrie, Reini Boehler and Kuo Li (all Geophysical Laboratory) has achieved a new pressure record for SNAP. Using specially designed anvils inside a panoramic cell driven by a PE press, a sample of ice VII (D2O) was compressed to 44 GPa at room temperature.  The panoramic cell can be gas loaded, adding and adds this important capability to the instrument. Also, optical access facilitates in-situ measurement of pressure via ruby fluorescence.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SNAP Workshop 2011

Over 16-17th September, SNAP hosted a highly successful workshop. 25 speakers from 14 different institutions covered a broad range of science and illustrated the high quality data available from the instrument.

In addition to science, important discussions highlighted recent developments with implementing the MANTID software environment on the instrument. Communications with the broader high-pressure community were also discussed, that have developed into this blog.