The Low Temperature Module (LTM-CRYO) is retrofittable to the Alemnis Standard Assembly (ASA). The LTM-CRYO has been continuously improved since it’s first release in 2018, which makes it the most established cryo-option for in situ micromechanics. For more insights into the capabilities of the LTM-CRYO module, visit our applications overview on cryo-testing at the microscale!


  • -150 °C up to 200 °C
  • Independent sample & tip temperature control
  • Thermal stability +/- 0.1 °C

Selected References

(1) Chen, M.; Sologubenko, A. S.; Wheeler, J. M. Exploring Defect Behavior and Size Effects in Micron-Scale Germanium from Cryogenic to Elevated Temperatures. Matter 2023, 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matt.2023.03.025.

(2) della Ventura, N. M.; Tian, C.; Sharma, A.; Edwards, T. E. J.; Schwiedrzik, J. J.; Logé, R. E.; Michler, J.; Maeder, X. Temperature Dependent Critical Stress for {101¯2} Twinning in Magnesium Micropillars at Cryogenic Temperatures. Scr. Mater. 2023, 226, 115195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2022.115195.

(3) Dubosq, R.; Woods, E.; Gault, B.; Best, J. P. Electron Microscope Loading and in Situ Nanoindentation of Water Ice at Cryogenic Temperatures. PLoS One 2023, 18 (2 February), e0281703. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0281703.

(4) Schwiedrzik, J.; Ramachandramoorthy, R.; Edwards, T. E. J.; Schürch, P.; Casari, D.; Duarte, M. J.; Mohanty, G.; Dehm, G.; Maeder, X.; Philippe, L.; Breguet, J. M.; Michler, J. Dynamic Cryo-Mechanical Properties of Additively Manufactured Nanocrystalline Nickel 3D Microarchitectures. Mater. Des. 2022, 220, 110836. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2022.110836.

(5) Chen, M. Exploring Plasticity and Size Effects in Diamond-Structured Crystals at Micro-Scales Using Micromechanics, ETH Zurich, PhD dissertation, 2019. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000407049.

(6) Thomas, K.; Mohanty, G.; Wehrs, J.; Taylor, A. A.; Pathak, S.; Casari, D.; Schwiedrzik, J.; Mara, N.; Spolenak, R.; Michler, J. Elevated and Cryogenic Temperature Micropillar Compression of Magnesium–Niobium Multilayer Films. J. Mater. Sci. 2019, 54 (15), 10884–10901. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-019-03422-x.

(7) Ast, J.; Schwiedrzik, J. J.; Wehrs, J.; Frey, D.; Polyakov, M. N.; Michler, J.; Maeder, X. The Brittle-Ductile Transition of Tungsten Single Crystals at the Micro-Scale. Mater. Des. 2018, 152, 168–180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2018.04.009.

(8) Thomas, K. Combinatorial Investigation of Hardening Mechanisms in Compositional Gradient and Multilayer Thin Films, ETH Zürich, PhD dissertation, 2018. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000304334.

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