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Manipulator for rotating and translating a sample holder

United States Patent

February 8, 2011
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A manipulator for use in e.g. a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) is described, said manipulator capable of rotating and translating a sample holder (4). The manipulator clasps the round sample holder between two members (3A, 3B), said members mounted on actuators (2A, 2B). Moving the actuators in the same direction results in a translation of the sample holder, while moving the actuators in opposite directions results in a rotation of the sample holder.
van de Water; Jeroen (Breugel, NL), van den Oetelaar; Johannes (Eindhoven, NL), Wagner; Raymond (Gorinchem, NL), Slingerland; Hendrik Nicolaas (Venlo, NL), Bruggers; Jan Willem (Eindhoven, NL), Ottevanger; Adriaan Huibert Dirk (Malden, NL), Schmid; Andreas (Berkeley, CA), Olson; Eric A. (Champaign, IL), Petrov; Ivan G. (Champaign, IL), Donchev; Todor I. (Urbana, IL), Duden; Thomas (Kensington, CA)
FEI Company (Hillsboro, OR), The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL), The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 861,721
September 26, 2007
The invention described and claimed herein was made in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The Government has certain rights in this invention.