Precision Stage for Nanoscale Studies

Organization: Hysitron Inc.
Co-Developer(s): Reed Bailey, Principal Developer, Ude Hangen, Principal Developer, Luke Keranen, Principal Developer, Craig Kossen, Principal Developer, Ryan Major, Principal Developer, Jason Oh, Principal Developer, Syed Asif, Yuxin Feng, Richard Nay
Year: 2014

2014 R&D 100 Winner A deeper understanding of microstructure-mechanical property correlations to processing conditions is sought by many industries. Hysitron Inc.’s xSol High Temperature Stage is a new platform that supports this effort, allowing researchers to make high-resolution nanomechanical measurements over a broad temperature range.

The heating system consists of two high-power core elements between which the sample is located. This creates a micro-environmental chamber in which both the sample and indenter tip are kept at thermal equilibrium during indentation, a crucial condition for reliable results. This microchamber can also be filled with any reactive/shield gas, providing uniform measurement conditions without the necessity of complicated vacuum systems. No other available system delivers precise temperature control over temperatures up to 800 C.

The low-drift stage has been specifically designed to enhance core nanoscale characterization capabilities of Hysitron’s instrumentation. xSol can be paired with in-situ scanning probe microscopy, nanoindentation, nanoscratch and nanowear. Time-temperature-superposition studies of viscoelastic materials and prolonged, elevated temperature creep experiments can be accurately and reliably performed.

Technology High temperature stage

DevelopersHysitron Inc.

Development Team

Hysitron Inc.'s xSol High Temperature Stage development team (l-r): Yuxin Feng, Syed Asif, Reed Bailey, Luke Keranen, Jason Oh, Richard Nay and Craig Kossen.













The xSol High Temperature Stage Development Team from Hysitron Inc. Reed Bailey, Principal DeveloperUde Hangen, Principal DeveloperLuke Keranen, Principal DeveloperCraig Kossen, Principal DeveloperRyan Major, Principal DeveloperJason Oh, Principal DeveloperSyed AsifYuxin FengRichard Nay