X-Ray LiquidHow It Works

Hummingbird Scientific’s X-ray liquid system encloses the sample within the liquid cell by a patented sealing mechanism, which protects it from the microscope chamber environment. Liquid and power are supplied to the tip through a customizable chamber interface and vacuum-sealed supply system. The microfluidic pump, optional heating controller and potentiostat are located outside of the chamber. Hummingbird’s two-chip liquid cell allows users to prepare their samples using the sample methods they would employ for any other electron transparent-membrane substrate.

Our liquid specimen holder features easy liquid-cell assembly and numerous safety features that protect your microscope’s vacuum system from contamination and damage. Interchangeable tips and replaceable tubing enable researchers to perform controlled and cross-contamination-free experiments and to easily upgrade the system to incorporate new capabilities. The system comes with an x-ray microscope-specific seal checking station, which checks the entire system from port flange to tip before inserting and pumping the cell into the microscope vacuum chamber.

A. Detector
B. Liquid Cell
C. Order-Sorting Aperture
D. Zone Plate