Vertical high NA objective with unparalleled accuracy

The Cryo-Optic™ Microscope integrates an optical objective into the sample space of the Cryostation for high NA imaging at low temperatures. The vertical mounting scheme was designed for confocal microscopy, with side optical access available to allow the user to see the sample and approximate focus distance. As an add-on module for the Cryostation, the unit provides the same stability, automation, and control found in all Montana Instruments closed-cycle cryostats. 

The revolutionary design of the Cryo-Optic eliminates the alignment and drift challenges associated with using high performance optics in a cryogenic setup. Proprietary Cryo-Optic technology allows the objective to be held at room temperature within the sample space for highly stabilized position and focus control. The temperature of the high magnification objective and the sample are actively controlled to better than 10mK, eliminating the need to refocus after small temperature changes. A backup power supply is provided to ensure performance.

Compatible accessories and add-ons allow users to configure the instrument for unique experimental requirements, including built-in XYZ nanopositioners for site location and focus or an Agile Temperature Sample Mount for rapid temperature control. 

The Cryo-Optic™ is also available in horizontal format in the Nanoscale Workstation. This provides simple integration into in-plane optical setups, with unobstructed sample access by just removing the top lid. There is ample room on the cold breadboard for free space optics, enabling transmission experiments and piezo interface control.
Key FeaturesKey Benefits
CryostatUltra-stable closed-cycle optical cryostat
  • Cryogen-free systems do not consume liquid helium
  • Hassle-free operation with minimal operating costs
Sample SpaceTabletop mounting architecture
  • Flexible and modular design mounts directly to any optical table
  • Mount at 45 degrees or parallel to hole pattern on Inch or Metric table
  • Easily move the system without being tied to the table or an external support structure
Thermal StabilityRock solid temperature stability
  • Proprietary thermal damping technologies ensure stability
  • Remain in focus at each temperature setpoint
Mechanical StabilityVibrations are no longer a concern
  • Patented architecture rigidly supports the sample while isolating it from cryocooler vibrations
  • Work on sensitive applications and achieve high-resolution measurements
Sample DriftCTE-cancelling sample platform
  • Optimized at center of platform
  • Observe low drift over the full temperature range
User InterfaceControl via Windows based software on mini-laptop computer
  • Displays real time temperature stability
  • Logs cool downs
  • Built in diagnostics
  • Simply press a button for fully automated cool down, warmup, temperature control, and more
Remote InterfaceTCP/IP and LabVIEW
  • Automation scripting
  • External control
  • Conveniently control from your office or cellphone
  • Solve issues quickly with remote customer service
Control UnitPowerful built-in electronics
  • Complete process automation and system monitoring
  • Self-activated dry nitrogen clean gas purge when warming up
  • Save time and complexity while protecting the system and sample
CompressorVariable Flow Helium compressor
  • Single-phase 50/60 Hz, 200-240VAC, air cooled compressor, 1-3 kW
  • No need for water cooling infrastructure
  • Quiet and easy to work next to all day (60-65dB)
Sample MountingSample in vacuum
  • Microscopy/Spectroscopy sample mount included
  • Easily integrate with your unique experimental needs with options to customize
Optical SubstratesFused silica AR coated 400-1000nm
  • User replaceable with other substrates
  • Easily swap out windows to fit the needs of each unique experiment
CE Compliant
Note: Product specifications are based on a standard system; various options, configurations, and/or custom modifications may cause slight differences. Specifications and other information subject to change without notice.

System Highlights

  • 1.


    Integrated high-performance Zeiss Optics with 0.9 NA and 0.31mm working distance at 3.7K

  • 2.


    Objective and sample temperature are independent from room temperature variations

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    Just lift off the housing, unbolt and remove the radiation shield to access the sample and wiring