Nanopositioning stages for super-resolution microscopy

The low-profile (20 mm, 0.8"), low-cost, large aperture PI nano series nanopositioning stages from Physik Instrumente LP (PI, Auburn, MA) promise highly accurate motion with sub-nanometer resolution in 2 and 3 axes. The systems boast highly stable, closed loop operation; they target scanning and single-molecule microscopy, 3D imaging, autofocusing, scanning and alignment tasks in biological and biomedical nanotechnology.

The low-profile (20 mm, 0.8"), low-cost, large aperture PI nano series nanopositioning stages from Physik Instrumente LP (PI, Auburn, MA) promise highly accurate motion with sub-nanometer resolution in 2 and 3 axes. The included piezo controller comes with a 24-bit USB port, Ethernet, RS-232 and an analog interface, as well as solid software support for all major image acquisition packages. An optional M-545 manual XY microscope stage is available in different versions for Olympus, Nikon, Zeiss and Leica microscopes. The systems boast highly stable, closed loop operation; they target scanning and single-molecule microscopy, 3D imaging, autofocusing, scanning and alignment tasks in bio-nanotechnology.

For further information, including a datasheet, see PI's website.

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original press release from PI

PI PRESS RELEASE

PI nano Nanopositioning Systems for Super-Resolution Microscopy

Auburn, MA, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. -- the inventor of Piezo-Z nanofocusing drives--has extended its line of piezo stages for super-resolution microscopy.
The new PI nano series nanopositioning stages feature a very low profile of 20 mm (0.8"), a large aperture and deliver highly accurate motion with sub-nanometer resolution in 2 and 3 axes. A piezo controller is included and comes with a 24-bit USB port, Ethernet, RS-232 and an analog interface, as well as solid software support for all major image acquisition packages. The piezo stage is supplemented by the optional M-545 manual XY microscope stage available in different versions for Olympus, Nikon, Zeiss and Leica microscopes.

Reduced Cost through Optimization for the Application
The PI nano series of piezo stages extends PI's successful P-527, P-733 and P-563 series of capacitive direct-metrology nanopositioning stages. PI nano series systems were developed to provide high performance at lower cost, by adapting mechanics and controller exactly to the requirements of the target applications.

Improved Linearity with Special Controller
For highly stable, closed loop operation, piezoresistive sensors are applied directly to the moving structure and precisely measure the displacement of the stage platform. The very high sensitivity of these sensors provides optimum position stability and responsiveness as well as sub-nanometer resolution. The proprietary servo controller significantly improves the motion linearity compared to conventional piezoresistive sensor controllers.

Application Examples
Scanning Microscopy, Single Molecule Microscopy, 3D Imaging, Autofocusing, Scanning and Alignment Tasks in Bio-Nanotechnology.

Keywords
Piezo-Stage, Super-Resolution Microscopy, Piezo stepper, Deconvolution Microscopy, 3D Imaging, Autofocusing, Scanning Microscopy, Biotechnology.

More Information and Datasheet:
http://www.physikinstrumente.com/en/news/fullnews.php?newsid=157

Features & Advantages
Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20 mm (0.8")
Longest Lifetime with Ceramic Encapsulated Piezo Drives
Cost Effective due to Low-Cost Piezoresistive Sensors
Software Support for Leading Image Acquisition Packages
Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy
24 Bit Controller with USB, Ethernet, RS-232 Interface and Analog Control
Available Manual Long Travel Stage with Motor Upgrade Option

Posted by Barbara G. Goode, barbarag@pennwell.com, for BioOptics World.

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