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Temperature Control and Force Stages

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Temperature Control and Force Stages

Linkam has developed a range of sample characterisation systems to suit your needs. Whether you need to cool your sample to cryo temperatures, heat it up to 1500°C or put it under vacuum or high pressure, they have a system for you.

Linkam heating and cooling stages are temperature control systems for microscopy and spectroscopy. Depending on the design, they allow cooling and heating of samples in a temperature range from -195° to 1500°C. Linkam stages can be combined with ZEISS microscopes and controlled with the ZEN Core software.

In addition to controlling the temperature, environmental influences such as the gas atmosphere, tensile and compressive stresses, and electrical contacting can be simulated and observed under an optical microscope or spectroscope.

Understanding and characterising the thermal properties of your sample is essential in a variety of applications:

Semiconductors and Electrical Applications
Many applications require the measurement of electrical parameters whilst making microscopic or spectroscopic observations. Linkam has been creating sample characterisation solutions for the microelectronics and semiconductor fields for many years.

Food Science Applications
Linkam has developed a range of temperature control chambers for testing and visualising the micro-structure of foods. In addition to temperature, the environment around the sample can also be accurately controlled with options for gas purging, humidity, and vacuum control.

Pharmaceutical Applications
Linkam has long worked with the pharmaceutical industry to develop solutions for some of the key problems from drug development and formulation to manufacturing, QA, packaging, and storage. They have solutions for lyophilisation, thermoanalysis, dissolution studies, shelf-life testing and many more.

Materials and Metallurgy Applications
New materials are being developed, for example, to replace or support human body parts, such as artificial hips and corneas. It is essential that the physical properties of these materials are well characterised, and any failure modes well understood.

Geological Applications
From fluid inclusions and minerals to volcanic rock, Linkam stages have been used to characterise a wide range of different sample types.

Plastics and Polymer Applications
Plastic and polymers are used in every aspect of our lives. As their properties are so rich and diverse, it is essential to characterise and understand their behaviours under different environmental conditions.

Life Science Applications
Linkam has designed a range of sample characterisation chambers to control the temperature and environment around your samples from Cryopreservation to CLEM at < -195°C to the study of Archae at high temperatures and pressures. A humidity controller can be added to some closed chamber systems with control from 5% to 90% RH.

    • Art.Nr: LK11130
      The CMS196V³ cooling stage is a key component in cryo-CLEM (correlative light and electron microscopy). It is optimised for imaging cryo-EM grids by optical microscopy and for transport between fluorescence microscope and cryo-TEM without devitrification and contamination by condensation.
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        The THMS600 and HFS600 are widely used heating and cooling stages for microscopes and are used in a variety of applications where high heating and freezing rates and high accuracy and stability are required. The temperature range is < -195°C to 600°C*.


        The THMS350V stage is based on proven low pressure and temperature control technology (2 vacuum ports). The temperature range goes here from < -195°C to 350°C* with a vacuum of 10-3mbar*.

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          The LTS420 heating stage is optimized for isothermal analysis of larger samples where high heating and cooling rates and excellent thermal stability are required. Temperature and ambient control from < -195°C to 420°C (with liquid nitrogen system).

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            The FTIR600 stage has been adapted from the market-leading THMS600 high precision stage and enables infrared analysis of samples in the temperature range < -195°C up to 600°C, covering all applications from pharmaceuticals to polymers on most benchtop IR microscope systems (please ask for IR window kit). Alternative materials for the viewing windows such as zinc selenide and barium fluoride are also available.

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              The TS1500, with a temperature range from room temperature to 1500 °C*, is ideal for the study of ceramics, metallurgy, materials, geology, and high temperature polymers at both high and low heating and cooling rates.

              * Water Pump not included

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                Linkam’s HFS probe systems are based upon the temperature control technology used in the THMS600 heating and freezing stages. The dynamic heating and cooling performance ensures that a wide range of electrical component temperature control applications can be undertaken. Up to 4 positional tungsten probes, (other types can be used), can be attached to the electrical connectors within the sample chamber to enable the user to make electrical measurements on the sample while accurately controlling the temperature inside a gas tight environment.

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                  Mechanical sample characterisation with temperature and environmental control modules

                  The new Force Measurement Stage (MFS) is a modular system developed for characterization of the mechanical properties of your samples. The system is an improved version of the established TST350 tensile stage with increased sensitivity, resolution and a modular concept. The modular design gives the user additional control over their experiments by allowing them to change clamps, heater type and force ranges. Please ask for the equipment.

                   

                   

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