Mounting the sample

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Since the refrigerator is top-loading, we need to mount the sample onto the sample holder. After mounting the sample, we can insert the sample holder into the cryostat and begin our measurement.


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The long bench. The sample probe is placed on the bench. We usually use the microscope to examine the sample before putting it into the fridge.

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The microscope is a Nikon SMZ800. With the help of it we can see much more details of the sample.

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The sample probe. The tip resides inside the vacuum-lock tube and can be pushed out.

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A detailed view. From left to right, red light LED, sample socket (this is where the sample stays) and the temperature sensor.

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Another angle. The sample is already there! You can even see the 6 contacts on the sample surface. Click the picture to see more details.