The new SIGMA POLAR UHV SPM is a low-temperature Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) for highest resolution STM, qPlus®-AFM, and spectroscopy experiments in a temperature range of between <5K and 300K and in high magnetic fields of up to 5T.
The ultra-compact design of the cryostat with a height of <60cm ensures an immense mechanical stiffness and thus results in an excellent STM stability.
The hold time is optimised through a series of thermal decoupling stages and thermal radiation shields, designed to deliver an extremely low helium consumption. With a liquid helium (LHe) consumption of less than 1 litre per 24 hours, the instrument achieves a hold time of >200 hours at <5K before the cryostat needs to be refilled. Alternatively, the SPM can be operated with liquid nitrogen (T <79K).