Leica EM VCT100 Vacuum Cryo Transfer System

Leica Updated: 2009-02-06 RSS
Leica EM VCT100 Vacuum Cryo Transfer System

Contamination -Free Specimen Transfer Between Preparation and Analysis

The VCT 100 vacuum cryo transfer system combines highest analysis resolution with maximal flexibility for preparation. The vacuum cryo shuttle links the preparation device with the SEM and allows safe and easy transport between the two.

Key Features

* Contamination free transfer between preparation and analysis unit
* Versatile transfer environment
* Minimal interference with the analysis system for highest possible resolution
* Independent sample preparation and analysis
* Efficient access to the analysis as well as to the preparation unit
* Preparation units can be linked to several VCT100 adapted analysis units.
* Preparation and analysis can be performed at different locations
* Easy adjustment to configuration changes

Detailed Description

Transferring specimens to the chamber of an analysis system is one of the most critical steps of most preparation methods. It is essential to protect the samples from contamination. The VCT100 concept was established particularly to cross link preparation units with various analysis systems. Samples are transferred in a well defined environment, e.g. protective gas or high vacuum conditions. In addition the specimen can be kept at low temperature for cryo techniques.

The sample holders used for specimen transfer are compatible to an integrated stage. Due to the modular stage concept, the stage can be installed in any (ultra) high vacuum system or glove box and used for both room temperature and cryo applications. With the air lock, the transfer shuttle can be mounted to any SEM, FIB, AFM, SIMS or XPS chambers. The flexible system design enables adjustments to any customer specific application.