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Mass Sensing – An Overview

08.11.2022

Among sensing applications, mass measurements have received a lot of attention with the shrinking of devices and the ability to detect individual particles. We have witnessed the shift from macroscopic devices such as the micro-balance to micrometer-size resonator devices and, now, to 2D or 1D materials with exquisite resolution down to a single proton's mass...

Dielectric Impedance Measurements of Chocolates

19.12.2022

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Swiss chocolates are famous worldwide thanks to their high quality of taste. Switzerland is also renowned as the country with the highest chocolate consumption per capita [1]. Today, many popular brands can be found even in the supermarket. Are you curious about what makes the chocolates special? And which non-destructive...

Hands-on Superconducting Qubit Characterization

25.11.2022

This blog post accompanies the webinar "Superconducting Qubit Characterization" which introduced the basic physics of transmon qubits as well as the tools and methods required to tune them up. The webinar included a live Q&A session, but due to time constraints, not all of the viewers' questions could be answered...

Synchronizing Multiple AWG Channels

09.09.2022

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Does your application require multiple AWG channels with precise and stable timing synchronization? In this blog post, we will show how to achieve this with the HDAWG Arbitrary Waveform Generator for setup sizes ranging from few channels up to 144. We demonstrate 3 methods suitable for different use cases.

Understanding the Sweep Duration in the LabOne Sweeper Module

31.08.2022

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A fast sweep capability is often desired by researchers working on fast physical phenomena or short-lived samples, and may also be beneficial purely from a time-saving perspective. This blog post will elucidate the factors on which the sweep rate depends and guide you along several possible ways to make the...

How to Choose the Optimal Demodulator Data Transfer Rate

30.08.2022

Setting the data transfer rate in the UHFLI Lock-in Amplifier

The most beautiful measurement data is useless if it cannot be saved and analyzed. Choosing the data transfer rate from the instrument to the host computer wisely is important to capture the information of interest and avoid measurement artifacts. In this blog post, we will look at the data transfer concept of a Zurich Instruments lock-in amplifier in more detail and provide guidelines on how to choose it.

DLTS User Meeting 2022 – Q&A

25.07.2022

DLTS User Meeting 2022

This blog post presents a selection of questions and answers raised during the DLTS User Meeting 2022. The meeting intended to bring together the community who may face common measurement challenges and allow them to share core competencies and know-how.

Hands-on Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

28.06.2022

Hands-on Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

This blog post accompanies the webinar, which introduced basics of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and provided practical tips & tricks to measure EIS consistently. We share the recording, additional information and answers to the questions asked by the attendees during the webinar.

DC-biased Impedance Measurements Using an External Bias Tee

23.06.2022

DC-biased impedance measurement

A bias tee is often used in DC-biased impedance measurements. In fact, some impedance analyzers may have a built-in bias tee to allow the output of a sine wave with DC offset. Advanced ones such as the MFIA Impedance Analyzer, are further equipped with an analog adder path to add...

Qubit and Resonator Spectroscopy at the Speed Limit: Your Measurements. Faster.

23.06.2022

Qubit Spectroscopy

Getting your measurements up and running as fast as possible is a priority at Zurich Instruments. Together with one of our Application Scientists, researchers at the ETH Zurich - Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) Quantum Computing Hub were able to install the SHFQC Qubit Controller and perform qubit spectroscopy, Ramsey, and Rabi measurements on 5 qubits in parallel in half a day. The ability of our instruments to perform fast frequency sweeping was at the heart of the fast qubit tune-up procedures. Learn more in this blog post.

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