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1. (WO2018200724) DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEAVING A LIQUID SAMPLE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/200724    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/029439
Publication Date: Fri Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Apr 26 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: G01N 1/32
H01L 21/02
H01L 21/28
H01L 21/31
H01L 21/32
H01L 21/78
Applicants: IB LABS, INC.
BOGUSLAVSKY, Dimitry
KOVLER, Mark
Inventors: BOGUSLAVSKY, Dimitry
KOVLER, Mark
Title: DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLEAVING A LIQUID SAMPLE
Abstract:
An apparatus and method for cleaving a liquid sample are disclosed. The apparatus includes a load lock chamber containing a cleaving module, a cryo-cooler, a vacuum chamber configured to receive the cleaving module from the load lock chamber, and a gate valve between the load lock chamber and the vacuum chamber. The cleaving module is configured to cleave a crystalline sample holder and the liquid sample. The liquid sample includes one or more liquid phase materials and is cleavable by the cleaving module when in the solid phase. The cryo-cooler is configured to cool and/or maintain a temperature of the sample holder and the sample below the melting point of each of the liquid phase materials. The gate valve has at least one opening therein configured to (i) allow the cleaving module to enter and exit the vacuum chamber and/or (ii) permit gaseous communication between the load lock chamber and the vacuum chamber.