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How to Do Temperature Stepping and Ramping in LabView
The new C2 boasts a 10W platform heater allowing users to easily manipulate the platform and sample temperatures between 3K and 350K. This can be done in Manual Mode by changing the temperature set point, but more easily using an external script cont...
How to Use LabView with Montana Instruments Software
The Cryostation can optionally be externally controlled using LabVIEW®. A sample LabVIEW VI, MI Cryostation.vi, is provided as an example VI in the folder on the desktop labeled LabView Commands. MI Cryostation.vi allows basic control and queryin...
How to Use a Turbo Pump with the Cryostation
CRYOSTATION ORIGINAL VACUUM SYSTEM The Cryostation provides a high vacuum environment in the sample chamber. The initial vacuum is created by pumping a roughing pump in the Control Unit that brings the pressure down to 2 Torr before cryo-pumping e...
Measurement Synchronization with Cold Head Frequency
Some users who do not need to take continuous measurements wish to measure their sample while the cryocooler is in the middle of the pulse cycle. While the vibrations of the Cryostation are less than 5nm, peak-to-peak, taking measurements when the sy...
How to Align the Low Working Distance Window Option
LOW WORKING DISTANCE MODULE CARE The low working distance module has multiple thin windows.  Care should be taken while cleaning and using these windows as they could break or crack easily. The windows can be cleaned just as standard optics w...
Various Sample Mounting Configurations for Optical Access
This article explains the numerous options of illuminating and collecting light in the sample space of the Cryostation for the standard configuration of the sample mount and sample post, as shown in Figure 1. Montana Instruments has several othe...
How to Mount a Thermometer in the Cryostation
There are many instances where a user may need to mount a sample or user thermometer in the system. A few notes of caution: !! Always use caution when handling the thermometers, the Cernox thermometer wires are extremely fragile and can break! Be ...
 How to Install Nanopositioners in Montana Instruments Systems
The following video series shows how to assemble and install nanopositioners in the Montana Instruments Cryostation Microscope. The first two videos in the series can easily be extended to installing nanopositioners in any Montana Instruments sy...
How to Remove and Replace Windows
The windows in the Cryostation Base Platforms can be removed and replaced. Please consult the Windows Buyers Guide for selecting a proper window.PrecautionsThe vacuum window must be thick enough to safely support the vacuum differential acr...
How to Diagnose Incoming Heat Loads
If you are experiencing a high base temperature, it is important to understand where the heat load is coming from. Knowing the Stage 1, Stage 2, Platform, and Sample temperatures is critical for diagnosing the source of the heat load.IDENTIFYING THE ...
Four Frequently Made Mistakes to Avoid
These simple mistakes can drastically affect the performance of the Cryostation, but they are easy to avoid. Make sure you are following these few basic rules when setting up and using your system.  #1 - Unplugging Wiring:  As a gener...
Wiring & Thermal Lagging Considerations
When routing wires and other connections into your sample space, a number of best practices and wiring techniques should be followed to ensure optimal performance. Choose the proper wiring material. Typically in cryogenics work, the researcher i...