Argon ion milling system for samples flat milling or cross-section preparation

Trade name
Ion polisher Hitachi IM4000Plus
Technical description

The ion polisher is a device used for precision polishing of flat surfaces as well as for cross-sectioning metallic, ceramic and polymer materials. The device is capable to work with samples up to 50 mm in diameter at ion energies up to 6 keV. It is also equipped with a liquid nitrogen cooling system, which enabls preparation of cross-sections of temperature  materials. Ion polishing allows to prepare surfaces and cross sections of materials "difficult" in preparation, i.e. soft materials, multiphase materials, polymer composites, metal-ceramic composites. Particularly, this technique significantly improves the surface quality of metallographic specimens for EBSD analysis.

 

Conditions for providing infrastructure

Equipment is available in accordance with the Regulations for the Use of ACMiN's Research Infrastructure. (https://acmin.agh.edu.pl/acmin/dokumenty/)

Type of accreditation / certificate:
Not applicable
Access type
External
Research capabilities

Ion polishing allows to prepare surfaces and cross sections of materials "difficult" in preparation, i.e. soft materials, multiphase materials, polymer composites, metal-ceramic composites. Particularly, this technique significantly improves the surface quality of metallographic specimens for EBSD analysis.

Last update date
Aug. 30, 2023, 1:11 p.m.
Year of commissioning
2017
Measurement capabilities

Basic device parameters. Accelerating voltage: 0–6 kV Ion beam diameter:  up to 400 um

Polishing angle: 0-90 stopni

Flat specimen. Maximum sample dimensions: diameter up to 50 mm, height up to 30 mm

Cross-sections. Sample dimensions: up to 20x13x9 mm Cut speed:  0,5 mm/h for Si Optional specimen cooling 

Photos
Ion polishing unit
Ion polishing unit