[3DEM] dry dewar

Jim Hogle james_hogle at hms.harvard.edu
Tue May 30 19:36:31 PDT 2006

In the crystallographic community we routinely ship our samples of  
crystals frozen in vitreous ice in dry dewars when we send samples to  
synchrotron sources for data collection.  Although there are  
significant differences (our samples are much thicker) we have not  
had a problem with loss of vitrification of our samples during  
shipment.  Our experiments are at least as sensitive to ice formation  
either in the vitreous sample or as water deposited on the frozen  
sample as we typically irradiate much larger areas of the sample, and  
even tiny crystals would be apparent in diffraction experiments.  If  
you have any doubts you should consider conducting a "dry run" in  
which you store samples in a dry dewar at home.

Jim Hogle

On May 30, 2006, at 10:01 AM, Benoît ZUBER wrote:

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> Dear colleagues,
> I want to send vitreous samples in a “dry dewar”, i.e. a dewar in  
> which
> liquid nitrogen is absorbed in a porous material. Since the samples  
> are in
> gas phase, I am concerned that they always stay below the  
> devitrification
> temperature. Has anyone transported vitreous material in such a  
> dewar? Did
> the samples stay vitreous?
> Best regards,
> Benoît
> Benoît Zuber
> Université de Lausanne
> Laboratoire d'analyse ultrastructurale
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