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    Thermal Gas Cracker

    The Oxford Applied Research Thermal Gas Crackers

    The TC series of thermal gas crackers rely on our successful electron beam heating technology. These instruments allow a very high dissociation efficiency of the molecular gas at low power. Furthermore, direct water cooling ensures that only the filament and the cracking tube are ever above 30oC, thus allowing extremely clean operation and no contamination.

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    Competitors thermal crackers employ a very hot (~2500oC) tungsten filament at high power (~400W), thus imposing an undesirable heat load on UHV systems. Also, this type of cracker are not very gas-efficient and of limited application (principally for H2) since tungsten is attacked by some gases, such as oxygen.

    The catalytic nature of the cracker tube lowers the otherwise high temperature and power necessary to achieve substantial dissociation (>70%) at 60W. Also in contrast to tungsten filament crackers, they can be used to dissociate O2, Cl2 and other reactive gases. The graph above shows the dissociation of O2, resulting in a decrease in the partial pressure of O2 when the power to the cracker tube is applied at 10s The crackers are directly water cooled, which minimizes outgassing, and are fitted with a back-up electron emitter for prolonged operations. The TC50 contains a single cracker tube. The TC4x50 contains four cracker tubes with separate gas inlets thus allowing simultaneous dissociation of up to four gases.fig2-ThermalGasCrackers

    The Oxford Applied Research thermal gas crackers, models TC50 and TC4x50, exploit our established reactive gas-resistant e-beam heating technology. They incorporate fine bore inert cracker tubes which are connected directly to the gas lines, thus confining and minimizing gas load, whilst providing a large surface area and long path length for high efficiency cracking at very low flow rates.

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    Model TC50 TC4X50
    In-Vacuum Diameter 34mm 57mm
    In-Vacuum Length 200mm standard 200mm standard
    Mounting Flange NW35CF NW63CF
    Cracker Temperature <1000 C <1000 C
    Max. Power 60W 4x60W
    Operating Gas Flow 0-0sccm 0-0sccm
    Water Requirements 0.5 l/min water cooling 0.5 l/min water cooling



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