Montana Instruments Corporation announces the Cryostation Microscope, for high magnification physics experiments at 3 Kelvin!

Montana Instruments Corporation (Bozeman, MT), the world’s leading manufacturer of automated optical cryostats, announces the addition of the Microscope option to its closed cycle cryostat, the Cryostation™. Many low temperature material science experiments require high magnification optics to image the sample surface. Historically, this research has been limited to using objectives outside the vacuum space of the cryostats and dealing with the distortions of the vacuum window. This innovation allows user to position high quality optics near their sample without any intervening windows.

The system uses a 100X Zeiss quality objective with a working distance of 310 microns and a numerical aperture of 0.9, and can be outfitted with almost any vacuum compatible microscope objective.

A previous barrier to putting high quality objectives in the vacuum space of a low temperature system is that as a lens cools, its individual optical elements change shape, the optical performance degrades, and the lens may even crack. In order to prevent this damaging distortion, and to preserve the optical quality, a patent pending design maintains the lens at room temperature. By mounting the objective inside the temperature stabilized sample chamber, once the system reaches the target temperature, any drift due to temperature changes is eliminated.

The Cryostation has become a reliable workhorse for the low temperature research community. As a closed cycle cryostat, it doesn’t require costly helium for cooling, but uses a reliable refrigeration cycle cryocooler. The system is best known for its low vibrations of less than 5nm and its rock solid temperature stability of less than 10mK. Researchers appreciate the ease of access to their samples under test, both for setup and for optical access.

Pioneers in the world of cold science automation, Montana Instruments designs, manufactures, and supports cryostat systems around the world. Visit the company’s website at

For more information, contact:
Brian Smithgall
(406) 551-2796
(406) 551-2797 fax

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1st Patented Mobile Vampire Proof Charger Starts Kickstarter Campaign During SXSW!

Currently one of the Top 4 Most Popular projects on Kickstarter in the Technology category and almost 50% funded in Just 2 Days!

An Austin start-up company, Vampire Labs, has solved Vampire Energy Loss in the most ubiquitous of products – mobile devices. The Vampire Proof™ Mobile Charger is a breakthrough in smart charging as current mobile chargers (phone, tablet, etc.) continue to suck energy off the grid when they are left plugged in and disconnected from your mobile device – this is known as Vampire Energy Loss. Just think about the energy waste impact for the billions of chargers that are plugged in all over the world; this energy waste affects all of us – extremely bad for the environment causing extra CO2 production. So, to sum it up: Vampire Energy Loss Sucks!

With the Kickstarter campaign, Vampire Labs is unveiling a simple and sleek, 2-USB port Vampire Proof smart charger that will stop wasted energy. This campaign will enable Vampire Labs to manufacture Vampire Proof chargers on a larger scale. In turn, your pledge will empower you to stop Vampire Energy Loss with the Vampire Proof charger – saving money and decreasing our footprint. Saving global energy that is otherwise wasted is just smart.

Vampire Labs is offering a great pre-order Kickstarter prices starting at $25.00. The link to the Kickstarter page is:

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Jaclyn Olivas

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