The laboratories dedicated to permanent magnets are divided into five categories:
- Synthesis and processing of magnetic powders and bulk magnets.
High-energy ball milling devices; three small and large volume furnaces with operation under controlled atmosphere; pressing machine for compaction under magnetic field; humidity chambers for testing under extreme operation conditions.
Different types of extruders and 3D-printing equipment for printing of polymers and composites (PM/polymer and metal/polymer).
- Thin films growth capabilities.
Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipped with a full range of in-situ characterization techniques (XPS, UPS and LEED); two sputtering devices.
- Magnetic characterization.
Vectorial vibrating sample magnetometer (v-VSM) with possibility of applying a maximum magnetic field of 3T; three vectorial-magneto-optical Kerr effect (v-MOKE) setups allowing for simultaneous recording of angular hysteresis loops and magnetoresistance curves and operating at low and high temperatures; a high resolution MOKE microscope with possibility of in-situ application of perpendicular and in-plane external magnetic field.
Furthermore, microstructural characterization tools (dual FIB/SEM, SEM, TEM,…) are also available at the institute.
- Electronic capabilities for design and construction of prototypes (motors, sensors…).