• The CryoLab S

    Cryocooled measurements were never this easy.

  • Desktop unit

    Everything you need inside a single module.

  • Plug-and-play

    Cryocool and characterise samples & sensors the easy way.

CryoLab S & SP

Overview

Controlled, simple and fast cryogenic measurements.

The CryoLab is designed to perform rapid material or circuit characterisation measurements from room temperature down to cryogenics in a fully automated manner. Doing measurements doesn’t require any experience or know-how on cryogenics, vacuum technology or thermodynamics from the user.

The system can be used to perform measurements for various applications including:CLSeebeck

2 minutes of your time?

This video shows you how you can do measurements using the CryoLab.

CryoLab S & SP

Hardware

The CryoLab is a desktop system where all the required hardware is fully integrated inside a small casing.  All connections to and from the CryoLab, both gas and electrical, are made using quick connects. The CryoLab S-series come in two versions: The CryoLab S (no internal turbo pump) and The CryoLab SP (includes internal turbo).

System at a glance

Front

1. KF40 quick release vacuum clamp
2. Stainless steel vacuum chamber
3. User panel
4. On / Off switch
5. User display

Back

6.   USB connection
7.   N2 gas quick connection
8.  N2 gas pressure sensor connection
9.  Gas line security hook
10. External temperature control connection
11. Power connection
12. User signals connection
13. Serial number and CE information

* The CryoLab S (no integrated pump) includes a KF40 flange at the backside to connect an external turbo pump.

CryoLab S & SP

Technical specifications

  • Controllable temperature: 90 – 373 Kelvin
  • Net cooling power*: 100 mW @ 95 Kelvin
  • Typical cool-down time: 25 minutes to 90 K
  • Temperature stability: ± 50 mK

* Net means that this is fully available for the user. All parasitic heat losses, including heat conduction though wires, is deducted from the gross cooling power.

Carrier specifications

  • 12-FlexFlexible PCB with 8 (more on request) user leads & bond/solder pads.
  • Sample to PCB thermal connection via glueing (e.g. GE varnish) or soldering.
  • Sample to PCB electronic lead connections via soldering, bonding or glueing.
  • Resistance from signal connector to PCB bond/solder pad: ~ 3.3 Ω
  • Maximum allowable voltage: 10 V
  • Maximum allowable current: 20 mA

System connections

This video shows in detail how the connections both electrical and gas to and from the CryoLab are realized.

Sample sizes

Maximum sample footprint:

10 mm (0.4”) x 10 mm (0.4”)

Maximum sample weight:

1.5 grams

Carrier examples

Vacuum pump

CryoLab SP

Integrated vacuum pump.

Minimum pressure: 1 x 10e-5 mbar

Max. vacuum pressure during operation: 1 x 10e-3 mbar

CryoLab S

No integrated vacuum pump for magnetic sensitive applications. External vacuum pump has to be connected.

Vacuum connection: KF40 flange

Max. vacuum pressure during operation: 1 x 10e-3 mbar

CryoLab S & SP

CryoVision Software

CryoVision is the software package to control the CryoLab from a PC and is included with all systems. Although The CryoLab can be fully operated as a stand-alone apparatus, with CryoVision you are able to control the system in more detail. You can see all parameters in a glance, switch between single set-point and programs. Create, edit and save programs and export your data.

System requirements for CryoVision stand-alone program: Windows™ 7 or later.

Sub-VIs for temperature control or parameter read-out: LabView 8.0 or higher

Some functions...

  • Temperature control: single setpoint / programs / external
  • Manual or automated PID tuning
  • Direct bottle-, vacuum- and gas-line pressure  monitoring
  • CryoVision Monitor via TCP/Web Server
  • LabView subVIs to read or read/control current temperature
  • Automated software and firmware internet updates

CryoVision Monitor

Keep track of your cool-down measurements on your mobile devices using CryoVision Monitor.

CryoLab S

Doing measurements

The CryoLab is designed in such a way that its user requires absolutely no know-how on cryogenics or vacuum technology to operate this system. All procedures including cool-down, sample exchange and bottle replacement are fully automated and controlled by the system. Wires to and from your sample is integrated within the mounting carriers so you don’t have to worry about any parasitic heat losses.

Samples exchange

This video shows in detail how to connect a sample to the CryoLab.

Cooling down

This video shows in detail the cool down procedure of the CryoLab.

Signal routing

Signal is extremely simple. All electrical connections to your sample are made on the carrier using either bond, solder or glueing wires. Once the carrier is connected to the CryoLab, all connections are automatically routed to the back of the system where you can connect your preferred DAQ interface or The CryoLab Breakout Box.

CryoLab S & SP

Application examples

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Solar Cells

Using The CryoLab, it is possible to characterise solar cell at cryogenic temperatures.
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Thin films

Using The CryoLab, it is possible to perform various characterization measurements on thin film samples.
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UV sensors

UV sensors can detect ultraviolet light. Cryocooling the sensor improves signal-to-noise ratio, highly increasing its sensitivity.
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Low-noise amplifier

A low-noise amplifier (LNA) can amplify extremely weak signals. Cryocooling the LNA improves signal-to-noise ratio, highly increasing its sensitivity.
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Heat capacity

The heat capacity of most systems is not a constant. Rather, it depends on the state variables of the thermodynamic system under study. In particular it is dependent on temperature itself.
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Sensor calibration

Kryoz hardware can be used to easily calibrate a sensor down to cryogenic temperatures.
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SQUID sensors

A SQUID is a very sensitive magnetometer made using superconducting materials. Using Kryoz hardware is it possible to cool these samples below their characteristic critical temperature.
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Xray sensors

Xray sensors can detect xray radiation. Cryocooling the sensor improves signal-to-noise ratio, highly increasing its sensitivity.
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Infrared sensors

IR sensors can detect infrared radiation. Cryocooling the sensor improves signal-to-noise ratio, highly increasing its sensitivity.
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Seebeck measurement

The Seebeck effect is the direct conversion of temperature differences to electric voltage and vice versa. With Kryoz hardware it is possible to measure the Seebeck effect at cryogenic temperatures.
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HighTc Bolometers

A bolometer is a device for measuring the power of incident electromagnetic radiation via the heating of a material with a temperature-dependent electrical resistance.
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Electron microscopy

Cryocool samples in an EM beam. Zero vibration cryocooling in combination with extreme small size.
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