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HCS302 Microscope Hot And Cold Stage
Instec’s HCS302 offers a temperature controlled environment that is an ideal choice for optical thermal microscopy and other applications requiring optical access to the sample. Top and bottom dual pane windows on the HCS302 stage are removable and exchangeable to meet a range of spectroscopic needs. The stage can be mounted vertically, allowing horizontal beam access to the sample chamber. The HCS302 is large enough to accommodate a variety of samples, including electro-optic devices and standard 25 mm x 75 mm microscope slides. An inner thermal cover is also included for work requiring ultra-high temperature stability and uniformity.
The HCS302 offers exceptional versatility at an excellent price!
• Programmable precision temperature from -190°C to 400°C
• Swing cover for easy sample access
• Removable and exchangeable dual pane windows
• Integrated aperture window defrost system
• Available spacers for variable sample chamber height
• Gas purge sample chamber
• Inner cover for improved sample temperature uniformity
• Easy side sample loading
• Accommodates standard microscope slides
• Vertical and horizontal mounting points
• Optional microscope stage mounting adapters available
• Optional precision X-Y micropositioner for in situ sample positioning (pictured)
Technical Specifications
Temperature Range
-190°C to 400°C
Below ambient operation requires optional cooling accessory
Temperature Resolution
0.01°C with mK2000
Temperature Stability
±0.05°C at 100°C with mK2000 (better stability optional)
Minimum Heating and Cooling Rate
±0.1°C per hour
Maximum Heating Rate
+100°C per minute at 100°C
Maximum Cooling Rate
-60°C per minute at 100°C (when using LN2-P4)
Temperature Control Method
Switching PID
Temperature Control Sensor
100 Ω Platinum RTD
Minimum Objective Working Distance
5.3 mm (shorter working distance optional)
Minimum Condenser Working Distance
10.3 mm (shorter condenser distance optional)
Sample Area
38 mm x 50 mm
Chamber Height
2 mm with inner cover in place (up to 8 mm when using spacers)
Sample Viewing Aperture
2 mm for transmitted light; 26.5 mm for reflected light
X-Y Micropositioner (optional)
10 μm resolution
Weight 670 g
*Sample area and sample viewing aperture specifications given without inner cover in place. Working distances will be greater if optional spacers are used. 5, 8 or 10 mm aperture for transmitted light available by request.
Installation of frame skirt is required for stage operation below -60°C so that water condensation does not collect inside the sample chamber. When the skirt is in place, side loading of sample and XY positioning are not possible.
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