Probe stations


Model #15510 Vacuum Chuck with 15512 Probe Bar and Actuator Option illuminated by a 11018A Solar Simulator

Abet Technologies makes PV-IV probe stations for every type of solar cell.

We offer a line of vacuum chucks and accessories for top/bottom, top/top, and bottom/bottom solar cells from 3 x 3 mm to 300 x 300 mm. Probe stations for multiple device on a single substrate and multifunction probe stations are also available.

It is impossible to completely describe the entire range of probe stations and options. If you don’t see an exact solution for your testing needs, please do contact us. We will make one just for you.

Multi-Zone Vacuum Chucks15510_Vacuum_chuck

Abet Multi-Zone Vacuum chucks are available in four standard sizes, 50 x 50 mm, 156 x 156 mm, 210 x 210 mm and 300 x 300 mm. Cells from 3 x 3 mm to the chuck maximum size can be accomodated.

A set of cell locators is included with each chuck to allow for reproducible positioning of the devices. A locating bracket correctly positions the chuck with respect to an Abet Solar Simulator. For use with other solar simulators, custom locating brackets can be ordered.

Each station has a calibrated temperature sensor to facilitate STC correction. Simple connection to a recirculating cooler provides temperature control from dew point to 70 degrees C for standard chucks. Higher temperature capable chucks are available on special order. Three different cell contact options are available affording the most flexible probe stations available. All of the options can easily be installed in the field if cell contact geometries change in the future.

Micromanipulator Base Option: 15510_with_micromanipulator_Base_Option

The micromanipulator base option provides two magnetic platforms for micromanipulators. The bases are fully adjustable so that micromanipulators can contact anywhere on a cell.

Probe Bar and Actuator Option:


The probe bar and actuator option is for bus-bar metalized cells. Probe bars have a series of spring loaded pins to contact a cell bus bar. Each probe bar has an isolated center voltage sense pin. Probe bars are independently adjustable to match cell bus bar separation. The number of probe bars and the number of pins on each probe bar depends on the option ordered.

Back Contact Option

Back_Contact_OptionThe back contact option consists of insulating strips and dual conductor strips.  Wide conductor strips are used for output and narrower for sense signal.




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