The Thermo Scientific Aquilos 2 Cryo-FIB is the latest generation of our cryo-DualBeam system. It is dedicated to the preparation of thin, electron-transparent lamellas for high-resolution cryo-electron tomography or MicroED of micro-crystals. 

With the Aquilos 2 Cryo-FIB, you can take a revolutionary step forward by automating steps in the workflow to produce multiple lamellas from specific programmed locations. The improved dedicated cryo-hardware will provide you with longer run times at ultra-low contamination rates. Discover how our latest cryo-FIB platform enables the determination of structures right inside the cell.

  • Automation: Run the system overnight, allowing it to automatically produce multiple lamellas for you with Thermo Scientific AutoTEM Software.
  • Lift-out: Target and extract your structure of interest with the Thermo Scientific EasyLift NanoManipulator, our high-precision cryo-lift-out solution.
  • 3D visualization: View the native subcellular structure below the surface using charging contrast and identify features for high-resolution tomography in cryo-TEM with Thermo Scientific Auto Slice and View Software.
Thermo Scientific Aquilos 2 Cryo-FIB cryo sample prep tool.
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Aquilos 2 Cryo-FIB for Life Sciences

Cryo EM sample preparation tool with extended run time and enhanced automation.


Key Features

Extended run time

Your samples remain at vitreous temperatures, even for overnight runs. Cryo-hardware and a fully rotatable cryo-stage protect the frozen samples from contamination and ensure they stay frozen at all times.

Automated batch cryo-lamella milling

Mark multiple points of interest, such as cells, for cryo-lamella milling. Cryo AutoTEM Software is a guided solution for automatically preparing multiple lamellas in unattended runs, increasing your productivity.

Cryo-lift-out lamella preparation

Prepare lamellas from specific targeted regions with nanometer-position accuracy. The high-precision EasyLift NanoManipulator option allows for extraction of site-specific regions, such as fluorescently labeled proteins, even from high-pressure frozen samples. These lamellas can subsequently be placed inside autogrids for cryo-TEM and further imaging of protein structures and protein networks.

3D visualization

With our Cryo-Auto Slice and View Software, you can acquire 3D images from vitrified samples by sequential milling and then imaging of the cross-section of a defined volume of the sample. This process will help you stop milling at the correct subcellular region to prepare your lamella before you observe the ultrastructural detail in your cryo-TEM using cryo-ET.

Accelerate and Advance service packages for Cryo-tomography

Accelerate and Advance service packages for Cryo-tomography will support your success from the moment your purchase your Thermo Scientific Aquilos 2 Cryo-FIB system.  From applications support to system remote monitoring to comprehensive maintenance, our unique blend of data-driven and hand-on services will help you quickly achieve your desired outcomes.

At M&M 2019, Dr. Alex Rigort, Product Marketing Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, presented the new features of the Thermo Scientific Aquilos 2 Cryo-FIB. This latest generation of our cryo-DualBeam system is dedicated to the preparation of thin, electron-transparent lamellas for high-resolution cryo-electron tomography or MicroED of micro-crystals.

 

Preparation of cells for cryo-electron tomography

The Thermo Fisher cryo-electron tomography workflow covers flash freezing cells to final 3D visualization. Interior cellular regions are imaged at nanometer-scale resolution and from cryo-lamellae precisely prepared with Aquilos 2 cryo-FIB.

Specifications

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Accelerating voltage range: 200 V – 30 kV
Beam current range: 1.5 pA to 400 nA
Resolution (with cryo-stage): 1.6 nm at 30 kV, 2.6 nm at 2 kV (at room temperature), 6.0 nm* at 2kV (at cryo-temperature)
Resolution (with cryo-stage): 7.0 nm at 30 kV
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Source lifetime: 1300 hours
Voltage: 500 V to 30 kV
Beam current: 1.5 pA – 65 nA in 15 steps
Resolution (with cryo-stage): 7.0 nm at 30 kV
Cryo-stage
 
Tilt range at cryo (eucentric WD): -15° to +55°
XY range: 110 mm
Z range: 65 mm
Rotation: 360° (endless)
Cooldown time:  <20 minutes
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Chamber vacuum at room temperature:  <4e–4Pa
Chamber vacuum at cryo-conditions:  <8e–5Pa
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Applications

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Infectious Disease Research
 

Cryo-EM techniques enable multiscale observations of 3D biological structures in their near-native states, informing faster, more efficient development of therapeutics.

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Structural Biology Research
 

Cryo-electron microscopy enables the structural analysis of challenging biological targets such as large complexes, flexible species and membrane protein.

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Drug Discovery
 

Learn how to take advantage of rational drug design for many more major drug target classes, leading to best-in-class drugs.

Cryo-Tomography

Cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) delivers both structural information about individual proteins as well as their spatial arrangements within the cell. This makes it a truly unique technique and also explains why the method has such an enormous potential for cell biology. Cryo-ET can bridge the gap between light microscopy and near-atomic-resolution techniques like single-particle analysis.

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Cryo-Tomography

Cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) delivers both structural information about individual proteins as well as their spatial arrangements within the cell. This makes it a truly unique technique and also explains why the method has such an enormous potential for cell biology. Cryo-ET can bridge the gap between light microscopy and near-atomic-resolution techniques like single-particle analysis.

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