This system has been developed for the specialized field of cryobiology where extremely accurate low temperature control is required. The BCS196 cryostage has been at the forefront of cryobiology for over 15 years.
By precisely controlling the rates of cooling and heating, ice crystal morphology can be intimately controlled and investigated.
The LNP95 liquid nitrogen cooling system is used to enable the large range in cooling rates from 0.01 to 150°C/min. This highly efficient LN2 pump, using proprietary pumps and tubing, automatically controls pumping rate to ensure minimal LN2 is required and a consistent smooth cooling curve no matter which rate is selected.
Recycled nitrogen gas is used to purge the stage of moisture and prevent condensation hence enable the capture of clear highly resolved images.
For ice crystal seeding, a cold spot has been provided on one of the cooling pipes allowing nucleated freezing to be initiated.
In order to get highly resolved images, it is important to use a condenser extension lens. See Optical Accessories for more information.
The new T95-LinkPad temperature controller with LCD touch screen control is used to quickly program a temperature profile by simply tapping the onscreen controls. To control the system from the PC and capture both data and digital images upgrade the system by adding the intuitive LINK software.
For ultra fast cooling, we can modify the BCS196 cryostage with a special push rod and copper post. This enables the Y manipulator to transfer the sample from a copper post to the pre-cooled silver block. This will cool the sample at an approximate rate of 5000C/min and is even faster than submersing the sample in liquid nitrogen.
To control the sample positioning with precision stepper motors and digitally map the sample, take a look at the Cryobiology Pro system, the most advanced cryobiology cooling stage available.
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