These stages are designed to hold a specified temperature to +/- 0.1°C from ambient to 60°C. They are an accurate temperature control platform for inverted or upright microscope applications where it is crucial to maintain at 0.1°C stable temperature in the sample whether mounted in a petri dish or on a microscope slide.
Two stages can be controlled simultaneously so that a second set of samples awaiting analysis can be maintained at the same temperature as those on the microscope.
Linkam warm stages are found in cell biology labs, hospitals and IVF clinics all over the world due to several key design features:
- The warming plates are incredibly thin, as little as 0.5mm, so that short high resolution objective or condenser lenses can be used.
- A platinum resistor temperature sensor is used for higher accuracy and stability than the more commonly used thermocouple.
- The low voltage power supply uses automatic feedback so that there are no temperature fluctuations when loading or removing the sample.
- Sophisticated CAD designed bi-filar heating element that covers the entire surface of the stage to maintain unifrom temperature distribution.
- The heating element is designed so that no heater current induced fields will influence the sample.
- Stages are designed to fit into the microscope table enabling full access to the sample.
- The stage controllers are extremely simple and intuitive (MC60), set temperature then press heat.
- All equipment is EMC emissions tested so that it can be safely used in hospital and IVF environments.
- A special DC controller (DC60) is available to avoid microscopic vibrations seen when using AC pulsed power to heat the stage. This is crucial when using high magnification or confocal observations.