Microscope Stage, Optical Axis Scanners

Microscope Stages, Tools for Imaging / Bio-Nanotech


Piezo stages & positioners are essential tools for high-resolution microscopy such as Super Resolution Microscopy or AFM. Their sub-atomic resolution and extremely fast response allow researchers to create higher-quality images faster. PI provides a large variety of fast Z-Stages and collar piezo objective positioners for 3D imaging (Z-stack acquisition), deconvolution and fast focusing applications.

PI's optical-axis Z-positioners are piezo-driven and typically achieve 10 times higher precision & focusing speed & than conventional motorized Z-axis positioners. Controllers are equipped with high-bandwidth digital and analog interfaces for extremely fast response and compatibility with all major image acquisition packages such as Metamorph, µManager, etc.

For long travel positioning, highly stable ultrasonic-ceramic motor driven stages are available. These self-clamping positioners provide significantly better long-term stability compared to conventional motor drives.

Objective Scanners Z-Axis Stages XYZ Piezo Stages XYZ for SPM, AFM Motorized Stage
Objective Scanners Z-Axis Stages XY / XYZ Piezo Microscope Stage XYZ for SPM XY Motorized Microscope Stage
Steering Mirrors Nano Manipulators 6-Axis Alignment Piezo Controllers Ultra Fast Piezo Autofocus System
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PIFOC® High-Speed Piezo Lens Positioners / Nano-Focusing Devices





2mm Travel Piezo-Z Objective Positioner, PiezoWalk Drive, w/Controller

 
Long Travel Microscope Objective Positioner
  • Package: N-725 PIFOC® Piezo Mechanics and E-861 Controller (ND72Z2LAQ)
  • 2000 µm (2 mm) Positioning Range: for Applications with Large Penetration Depth
  • High Force & High-Dynamics for Positioning and Scanning of Large Objectives up to 29 mm Ř
  • Ideal for e. g. Two-Photon Microscopy
  • Very Fast Response: 20 ms Step and Settle Time
  • Self-Locking at Rest, no Heat Generation, no Servojitter
  • Drive Resolution < 1 nm, 20 nm Encoder Resolution
  • Two Motion Modes: Continuous Nanostepping and High-Dynamics Analog Mode
  • Compact Design: Ř 48 mm, 40.5 mm Height
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System for Better Focus Stability
  • QuickLock Thread Adapter for Simple Installation
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet | Microscope Positioner on Youtube




P-725 PIFOC® 400µm Travel, High-Speed Piezo-Z Optical-Axis Objective Positioner / Fast Focus

 
Long Range Nanofocusing/Scanning Z-Drives with Direct Metrology
  • Scans / Positions Objectives with Sub-nm Resolution in Optical Microcope Axis
  • Direct-Measuring Capacitive Sensors for Highest Linearity &Stability
  • Travel to 460 µm, Fast Response & Settling Time
  • Frictionless Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Enhanced Guiding Precision for Better Focus Stability
  • Ask about DIC Prism Holder Option
  • Controller Compatible with Metamorph™ Imaging Software
  • Quick Lock Adapter for Easy Attachment
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet


High Value Package with Digital Controller & Software




P-726 Highest Dynamics for Heavy Objectives Piezo-Z Lens Positioner, 100 µm

 
High-Power Nanofocusing/Scanning Z-Drives with Direct Metrology
  • For Heavy, High NA Objectives
  • Resonant frequency: 430 Hz (with 300 g), 1100 Hz without objective
  • Closed-loop position noise: <0.4 nm
  • Position stability over 100 s: 4 nm
  • Maximum operating frequency (amplitude <10 µm): 150 Hz*
  • Maximum operating frequency with full travel (100 µm): 60 Hz*
  • Settling time (10 µm steps): 6 ms**
  • Settling time (full travel): 15 ms**
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




P-721 PIFOC® Optical-Axis Piezo-Z Positioner / Fast Focus for Super-Resolution Microscopy, 100µm Range

 
High Speed Nanofocusing
  • Scans and Positions Objectives with Sub-nm Resolution
  • High Linearity and Stability with Direct-Measuring Sensors
  • Travel to 100 µm, fast Settling Time
  • Very Straight Motion for Enhanced Focus Stability
  • Ask about DIC Prism Holder Option
  • Ideal for Super-Resolution Microscopy Applications
  • Compatible with Metamorph™ Imaging Software
  • Quick Lock Adapter for Easy Attachment
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF


High Value Package with Digital Controller & Software




P-720 PIFOC® Optical-Axis Piezo-Z Microscope Objective Focus / Scanner for Small Objectives

 
High Speed Scanning
  • Scans / Positions Objectives with Sub-nm Resolution in Optical Microcope Axis
  • Low Inertia for Fast Settling
  • Frictionless Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Travel to 100 µm
  • Straightness of Travel ≤13 µrad
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Drives

Z Drives
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Piezo Steering Mirrors / Scanners




S-334 Miniature Piezo Tip/Tilt- Steering Mirror

 
Fast Beam Steering Mirrors
  • Miniature Design
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 120 mrad (~ 6.8°)
  • Coplanar Axes & Fixed Pivot Point Eliminate Polarization Rotation
  • Factory Installed Mirror
  • Millisecond Response, Resolution to 0.5 µrad
  • Closed-loop Position Servo-Control for High Accuracy
  • For Mirrors up to 12.5 mm (0.5") Diameter
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Parallel Kinematics for Enhanced Dynamics and Better Multi-Axis Accuracy
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




Piezo Z-Positioning Stages




P-736 PInano®-Z, Low Profile, Low Cost, High-Speed Piezo-Z Slide Scanner

 
Low Cost Slide Scanner

  • Extremely Fast Step & Settle, From 5 msec
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20 mm (0.8")
  • 100 and 200 µm Travel Ranges
  • Large Aperture Version for Well Plates
  • Longest Lifetime with Proprietary PICMA® Piezo Technology
  • Cost Effective due to Low-Cost Piezoresistive Sensors
  • Compatible w/ Leading Image Acquisition Software Packages
  • Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy
  • 24 Bit USB Controller & Software Included
- Slide Scanner Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet

- Well Plate Scanner Product Description / Ordering Info

Additional Single Axis PInano® Versions (X, Y)
PInano® P546 X, Y




P-737 Piezo-Z Microscope Stage for Wellplate Scanning & High-Resolution Sample Positioning

 
Z-Axis Microscopy Piezo Stage
  • High-Speed Piezo Z-Motion with Travel Ranges to 500 µm
  • Nanometer Resolution
  • Large Clear Aperture for Wellplate Scanning, Specimen Holders
  • Perfect Mechanical Fit to XY OEM Manual or Motorized Stages
  • Sub-Millisecond Response Times
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




P-541.ZCD ULtra-Low-Profile Piezo Z & Tip-Tilt Microscope Stages

 
Low Profile Piezo Microscope Stages
  • Lowest Profile Z-Tip-Tilt Stage: Only 16.5 mm (0.6")
  • Z and Tip/Tilt Versions
  • Choice of Strain Gauge (Lower Cost) or Capacitive Sensors (Higher Performance)
  • 100 µm Linear Travel Range, 1 mrad Tilt
  • 80 x 80 mm Clear Aperture
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Actuators for Superior Lifetime
  • Ideal for fast Z-Stack Acquisition and 3D Deconvolution Imaging
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




P-733 High-Dynamics Z Nanopositioer / Microscope Scanning Stage

 
High Dynamics Piezo Z

  • 100 µm Z Positioning range
  • Direct Metrology with Capacitive Sensors
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • 50 x 50 mm Clear Aperture for Transmitted-Light Applications
  • Vacuum Compatible for Applications to 10-9 hPa
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




XY & XYZ Scanning Stages




P-545 PInano® Affordable XY & XYZ Piezo Stages for Microscope Slides

 
Piezo Scanning Microscopy Stages
  • Complete with high-performance USB-Controller (24 Bit) & Software
  • Extremely Fast Step & Settle, From 5 msec
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20 mm (0.8")
  • 200 µm Travel Ranges
  • Longest Lifetime with Proprietary PICMA® Piezo Technology
  • Cost Effective due to Low-Cost Piezoresistive Sensors
  • Compatible w/ Leading Image Acquisition Software Packages
  • Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy


Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet



Additional PInano® Versions
High Stability Version with Capacitive Feedback PInano® Cap
High Speed Version for Particle Tracking (Fastest Response): PInano®Trak

Single Axis Versions X, Y: PInano® P-546 X, Y




M-545 Open-Frame Microscope Stage, Manual w/ Motor Upgrade, High Stability

 
M-545 Open Frame Microscope Stage
  • Long-Range Motion and High Stability for Sample Positioning
  • Compatible with P-545 PInano® Piezo Scanning Stages
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 30 mm
  • 25 x 25 mm Travel Range
  • Micrometer Screws, Motor Upgrade Available
  • For Nikon, Zeiss, Leica und Olympus Microscopes
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




P-713 Miniature Low-Profile XY Piezo-Scanner for Imaging Applications

 
Low-Profile OEM XY Piezo-Scanners
  • Low Cost, High Performance
  • Ideal for Interlacing, CCD Resolution Enhancement
  • Compact Size of only 45 x 45 x 6 mm
  • Clear Aperture
  • Highly Cost-Efficient Design
  • 15 x 15 µm Travel Range
  • Parallel-Kinematics Design for Higher Dynamics
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




P-733 Ultra-High-Speed & Precision XY/XYZ Scanning Microscope Stages

 
Ultra-High-Spee Microscopy Stages
  • Reference Class for STED Microscopy
  • Higher Speed Through Direct Drive
  • Up to 2.2 kHz Resonant Frequency in X and Y
  • 30x30µm or 30x30x10µm Travel Range
  • 100 Picometers Resolution
  • 100µm Version with reduced Dynamics also Available
  • Capacitive Sensors for Highest Linearity
  • Parallel-Kinematics/Metrology for Enhanced Responsiveness / Multi-Axis Precision
  • Active Runout Compensation
  • 50 x 50 mm Clear Aperture
  • Frictionless Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Drives
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




P-541 Low-Profile, XY Piezo Scanner for Microscopy, 200x200µm

 
Low Profile Microscopy Stages
  • Low Profile for Easy Integration: 16.5 mm (0.6")
  • Parallel Kinematics and Optional Parallel Metrology for Fast Response and Superior Multi-Axis Precision
  • Choice of Strain Gauge (Lower Cost) or Capacitive Sensors (Higher Performance)
  • To 200 x 200 µm Travel Range
  • Direct Drive Version for High-Speed Positioning & Scanning
  • 80 x 80 mm Clear Aperture
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Actuators for Superior Lifetime
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




PIMars™ XYZ Piezo Scanner / Positioner w/ Parallel Metrology, to 300µm

 
Piezo Scanning Stages
  • To 300 x 300 x 300 µm Travel Range
  • Parallel-Kinematics/Metrology for Enhanced Responsiveness / Multi-Axis Precision
  • Direct Metrology with Capacitive Sensors for Highest Precision
  • 66 x 66 mm Clear Aperture
  • Versions to 6-DOF
  • Ultra-Fast XY and XYZ Versions Available
  • Ultra-High-Vacuum Versions up to 10-9 hPa Available
  • Invar, Super-Invar and Titanium Versions Available
  • PICMA® High-Performance Piezo Drives
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




M-687 Motorized XY Microscope Stage for Olympus & Nikon, Ultra-High Stability

 
XY Motorized Microscope Stage
  • XY Motorized High Precision Stages for Olympus & Nikon Inverted Microscopes
  • Linear Piezomotors Provide Smooth Motion and High Speed to 150 mm/sec
  • Positioning Ranges to 135x85mm
  • Significantly Higher Stability than Leadscrew-Driven Stages: Self-Locking at Rest, no Servo Dither
  • 0.1 µm Linear Encoder Resolution
  • Low Profile, Compact
  • Compatible with PInano Piezo-Z and Piezo XYZ Nanopositioners
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datasheet




M-686 Low-Profile XY Open-Frame Motorized Linear Slide with Closed-Loop Piezo Motors

 
XY Motorized Microscope Stage
  • Positioning Range: 25x25 mm (1x1")
  • Integrated Closed-Loop Piezomotor Drives Provide High Speed to 100 mm/s
  • Integrated Linear Encoders with 0.1 µm Resolution
  • Compact Design; 27 mm Profile Height, 150 x 150 mm Footprint
  • Large Clear Aperture 78 x 78 mm, 66 x 66 mm in Extreme Position
  • Self-Locking at Rest
  • Compatible with PI Piezo Nanopositioning / Scanners
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




XYZ for SPM, AFM




P-363 PicoCube® High-Speed, XY(Z) Piezo Stages for Nanotechnology, SPM, AFM

 
High Speed Piezo Stages for Nanotechnology
  • Ultra-High-Performance Closed-Loop Scanner for AFM/SPM
  • Compact Manipulation Tool for Nanotechnology
  • Resonant Frequency 9.8 kHz
  • Ultra-High-Precision Capacitive Feedback
  • Parallel-Motion Metrology for Highest Linearity and Stability
  • 50 Picometers Resolution
  • 5 x 5 x 5 µm Travel Range
  • Very Small Package
  • Rugged Design
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




PT120 - PT140 Piezo Scanner Tubes

 
Piezoceramic Tubes
  • Standard & Custom Sizes
  • For OEM Applications
  • XYZ-Positioning
  • Sub-Nanometer Resolution
  • Large Diameters to 80 mm
  • Wall Thickness as Small as 0.3 mm
  • For Scanning Microscopy (STM, SFM, etc.)
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




N-381 NEXACT® Linear Actuator, Manipulator, Piezo Stepper

 
Linear Actuator
  • Travel Range 30 mm
  • Novel, Zero-Wear Piezo Stepping Drive, Ideal for Micro- and Nano-Manipulation
  • Integrated Linear Encoder Option for Highest Accuracy with 20 nm Resolution
  • Very High Acceleration, e.g. for Cell Penetration
  • Two Operating Modes: Continuous Stepping Mode and Continuously Variable, High-Dynamics Analog Mode for 30 pm Resolution**
  • Up to 10 N Force Generation
  • Self-Locking at Rest, no Heat Generation
  • Smooth Motion, no Closed-Loop Jitter
  • Vacuum-Compatible and Non-Magnetic Versions
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




N-310 Compact OEM Piezo Stepping Motor Actuator with NEXACT® Drive

 
NEXLINE Miniature High Load Piezo Nanopositioning Drive
  • 20 mm Standard Travel Range
  • Compact and Cost-Effective Design
  • 0.03 nm Resolution
  • To 10 N Push/Pull Force
  • Low Operating Voltage
  • Self Locking, with no Heat Dissipation, Nanometer Stability
  • Non-Magnetic and Vacuum-Compatible Working Principle
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




Hexapod 6-Axis Positioners



H-811 - Minature Hexapod, Compact 6-Axis Positioning Stage

 
Miniature Hexapod
  • Most-Compact Hexapod in the PI Portfolio
  • Positioning Range: 34x32x13 mm and up to 42 Degrees Rotation
  • Actuator Resolution 40 Nanometers
  • Up to 10 mm/sec Positioning Speed
  • Up to 5 kg Load
  • Integrated Driver Electronics
  • Vacuum Versions
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




Auto Focus System




FocusTrac™ Laser Autofocus System

 
Laser Autofocus System
  • Integrates Seamlessly with PI Piezo-Z Stages or PIFOC® Objective Scanners
  • Extremely Fast Laser Based System
  • Works with Microscopes from Industry Leaders
Back to Top Paper: Ultra-Fast Laser/Piezo Autofocus System offers Throughput with Flexibility




High Performance Controllers and Amplifiers




E-709: Affordable High Performance Digital Piezo Controller

 
Affordable High Performance Digital Piezo Controller
  • F^3 Capablility: Fast Focus & Freeze
  • Choice of Sensors: Piezoresistive (lower cost) or capacitive (higher performance)
  • 5th order polynomial digital linearization ensures accuracy.
  • Two notch filters facilitate crisp, high-gain actuation.
  • High Speed servo update rate ensures responsiveness.
  • DAC-in-the-loop architecture guarantees positional stability.
  • Host of fast interfaces including USB, RS-232, Real Time Analog and TTL interfaces.
  • Easy-to-use setup software requires no physical access to the unit. No trimpots!
  • Extensive, well-documented, interface-independent software support includes Windows .dll, Linux .so, and LabVIEW .llbs
  • Broad, robust waveform generation, data-recording and triggering capabilities come standard.
 
Version with Standard Power
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet

Version with high output power
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Technote: Enabling applications with PI's breakthrough Cost-Optimized Digital Piezo Controller




E-625 Compact Piezo Servo-Controller with 24 Bit High-Speed USB Interface

 
Compact LVPZT Piezo Amplifier
  • Integrated 24-Bit High-Speed USB & RS-232 Interfaces
  • Network Capability with up to 4 Channels
  • For Capacitive, LVDT and Strain Gauge Position Sensors
  • Wave Table for User-Defined Curves
  • GCS (General Command Set) Compatible
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




E-665 Piezo Servo-Controller with 24 Bit High-Speed USB Interface

 
Piezo Amplifier
  • Integrated 24-Bit High-Speed USB & RS-232 Interfaces
  • Network Capability with up to 12 Channels
  • Piezo Driver with 36 W Peak Power
  • SGS, LVDT and Capacitive Sensor Servo-Control
  • Table for User-Defined Curves
  • GCS (General Command Set) Compatible
  • UL and CSA certified
Back to Top Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet




E-761 Digital Piezo Controller

 
Digital Piezo Controller
  • Winner of the SEMI Technology Innovation Showcase Award
  • 20 mm Travel Range, <0.1 Nanometer Resolution (Open-Loop)
  • Integrated High-Resolution Incremental Encoder (Closed-Loop)
  • Active Force Generation to 400 N
  • >600 N Holding Force, Self-Locking
Product Description / Ordering Info | PDF Datahseet


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