. and American Superconductor Corporation
today jointly announced
the introduction of a new product for measuring the fundamental physical
properties of materials. The new instrument incorporates an electromagnetic
coil built with HTS wire in order to increase its versatility and lower its
operating costs relative to similar systems that utilize copper or low
temperature superconductor wire.
Quantum Design's family of Physical Property Measurement Systems (PPMS)
enables scientists and technicians to automate the characterization of
materials, including their thermal, magnetic and electrical properties, which
are fundamental to the understanding and development of advanced materials.
The HTS electromagnet utilized in Quantum Design's new instrument -- the
PPMS NitroLab -- generates a magnetic field of 1 Tesla (T), which is about
20,000 times stronger than the earth's magnetic field. Liquid nitrogen --
cheaper than bottled water -- is employed as the coolant for the
The PPMS NitroLab will be introduced at the American Physical Society
Meeting in Los Angeles, CA on March 21 - 25, 2005. Quantum Design expects its
first sales of the new product to occur within the next nine months. It will
be one of the first commercial products in the world to utilize HTS wire,
which loses all resistance to the flow of electricity when cooled with liquid
nitrogen and which can conduct more than 140 times the electrical current of
copper wires of the same dimensions.
"The high power density and high electrical efficiency of AMSC's HTS wires
makes it ideal for creating a new addition to our popular line of physical
property measurement systems," said Ron Sager, chairman and CEO of Quantum
Design. "Because this new instrument utilizes liquid nitrogen -- cheap and
readily available everywhere -- operating costs will be significantly reduced.
We believe it will be attractive for scientists and educators around the world
who need basic materials characterization capability, but whose budgets might
not support liquid helium."
HTS-110 Ltd., located in New Zealand, manufactures the HTS electromagnets
for the PPMS NitroLab. It develops, manufactures and sells electromagnets and
components "Powered by AMSC(TM)" for systems that can benefit from greater
compactness and higher electrical efficiency. AMSC is a part owner of HTS-
"We are delighted to have built the electromagnetic coil for Quantum
Design's new physical property measurement system," said Geoff Todd, CEO of
HTS-110. "We believe this is one of many new commercial products that will
utilize HTS wire in the near future, and we believe we are strongly positioned
to be a leading supplier of HTS magnets and components for this new, growing
AMSC, based in Massachusetts, is the world's principal vendor of HTS wire.
Greg Yurek, Chairman and CEO of AMSC commented that he expects Quantum
Design's new PPMS NitroLab to be one of many new products that will emerge now
that the performance of HTS wire has achieved commercial levels and it is
available in commercial quantities. "Quantum Design is at the leading edge of
a revolution in instruments and other electrical systems that are going to
take advantage of the high electrical efficiency and power density of HTS
wire," he said. "We are delighted to be working with Quantum Design and HTS-
110 to make the PPMS NitroLab one of the first of a new breed of HTS-based
products available on the market."