Lake Shore Cryotronics cryogenic probe stations impact nanotech research
Lake Shore Cryotronics is a leading developer of high performance tools used for the characterization of materials in temperature and magnetic environments. They offer a comprehensive line of cryogenic, magnet-based, load-lock, and high vacuum micro-manipulated probe stations. These probe stations are ideal for measuring magneto-transport, electrical and electro-optical, parametric, high Z, DC, RF, and microwave (up to 67 GHz) properties of nanoscale electronics and magnetic materials—they are an “enabling metrology tool” for researchers who are developing these materials. Features include temperatures from 1.5 K to 475 K, horizontal or vertical field magnet-based platforms, up to 6 micro-manipulated probe arms, and vacuum to 10-7 torr. A wide selection of probes, cables, sample holders, and options makes it possible to configure a Lake Shore probe station to meet your specific measurement applications.
Nanotechnology is the study and control of phenomena and materials at lengths scaled below 100 nm, or about 1000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The ability to build and design complex things on ever smaller scales has transformed established fields such as information storage technology, medical diagnostics, energy conversion and structural materials, and is creating the emergence of new fields such as quantum information processing and nanobiotechnology.
Electronic, optoelectronic and magnetic devices impact many areas of society, from simple household appliances and multimedia systems to communications, computing and medical instruments. Given the continual demand for more compact and powerful systems, there is considerable interest in the development of nanoscale devices such as semiconductor nanowires, carbon nanotube-based electronics and nanoscale magnetic materials that enable new functions and greatly enhanced performance. Lake Shore probe stations are unique in their ability to perform measurements at cryogenic temperatures and under the application of magnetic fields up to 30,000 gauss. These important capabilities are prerequisite to the future development of nanoelectronic and nanomagnetic products.