X-Plane

Horizontal high NA objective with undetectable optical drift

The Cryo-Optic™ X-Plane integrates an optical objective into the cryogenic sample space for high NA imaging at low temperatures. The horizontal mounting scheme of the high-performance objective provides seamless integration with other optical measurement systems while maintaining easy access to the sample. A unique radiation shield design allows for quick, unobstructed sample exchange while leaving the objective in place and aligned to the optical system. Time required to reach a stable measurement condition is drastically reduced by isolating the objective from both the cryostat and the laboratory environments. Based on the design of the Fusion, the X-Plane offers the same control, automation, and turn-key functionality 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 10 mK, eliminating the need to refocus after small temperature changes. 

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. A backup power supply can be provided to ensure optimal performance and safety. 

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.

    EASY INTEGRATION

    Horizontal beam path allows for immediate, simple, and direct integration into various measurement systems & experimental setups

  • 2.

    THERMAL STABILITY

    The objective is supported on an independent thermal stage which is PID stabilized to 310K +/- 10mK ptp

  • 3.

    ELIMINATES OPTICAL DRIFT

    The objective remains positionally and thermally stabilized across large temperature changes