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RN13 - Quantum Design - a Brief History of a Company Successful in Superconductivity

Quantum Design – a Brief History of a Company
Successful in Superconductivity

Ronald E. Sager

Quantum Design
6325 Lusk Blvd, San Diego, CA  92121

email:  ronald.sager@qdusa.com

Abstract - Quantum Design was established in 1982 to design and develop cryogenic and SQUID-based instruments for researchers in physics and materials science.  Since then Quantum Design has grown to more than 300 employees and is now considered one of the most successful companies working in the field of superconductivity. This brief review traces the history of Quantum Design’s development and describes some of the events that shaped the company.

Keywords – Quantum Design, SQUID, MPMS, PPMS,  EverCool, superconductivity, superconducting magnets, superconducting instruments, magnetometers

Received December 27, 2009; accepted January 9, 2010.  Reference number RN13; Categories 4, 11, 13.