Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM) need high precision linear and rotary axes that operate both outside and inside high-vacuum environments. Ideally, a single encoder type could be used throughout the system to simplify integration for the manufacturer.
MicroE Mercury Series encoders’ patented PurePrecision optical technology results in the most compact sensors in their performance class, and are designed so the same sensors can be paired with either linear or rotary glass gratings (scales). Several MicroE encoders are available in both atmospheric versions and high-vacuum versions that are vented and constructed with vacuum compatible materials designed with a 10-8 Torr vacuum rating. In this case, the M2000 and vacuum-rated equivalent M2000V sensors were chosen for their small size, high resolution, and digital signal output.
The compact design of Mercury Series encoders results in a significant reduction in size and mass of each axis, while the low power consumption of the M2000V design aids the thermal suitability in the vacuum. M2000/M2000V kit encoders are smaller, higher performance, faster to install, and easier to set up and align than any other encoder. The tiny sensor fits into very tight spaces and works in both linear and rotary applications. The M2000V sensor is vented, constructed with vacuum-compatible materials, and designed for a 48-hour bake out at 150°C. Color coded bare leads are provided for customer termination at their vacuum chamber feed-thru.