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Instrument Description

Gatan PIPS is a user-friendly precision ion polisher designed to produce high-quality, transmission electron microscope specimens with minimal effort.


  • TEM sample final polishing after dimple grinding or jet polishing

  • Repair of thick region from the jet-polished samples

  • Removal of TEM sample surface contaminants or oxide layers


  • Ion milling at beam incident angle of ± 10 degree. Each gun is independently adjustable.

  • Ion beam energy: 1.5 keV to 6.0 keV.

  • Ion current density: 10 mA/cm2 at Peak .

  • Ion beam diameter: 350 µ FWHM at 5 keV to 800 µ FWHM at 5 keV broad beam guns.

  • Sample size: 3 mm or 2.3 mm.

  • Sample rotation: variable from 1 to 6 rpm.

  • Chamber vacuum: 5E-6 torr base pressure, 8E-5 torr operating pressure. 

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