Nanopositioning Scanning System

nanopositioning-scanning-systemSuper-Resolution Microscopy benefits from new PI nano ™ Nanopositioning Scanning Stage

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.

More Information and Datasheet:

High Resolution Image:

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.


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

Features & Advantages

n Low Profile for Easy Integration: 20 mm (0.8“)

n Longest Lifetime with Ceramic Encapsulated Piezo Drives

n Cost Effective due to Low-Cost Piezoresistive Sensors

n Software Support for Leading Image Acquisition Packages

n Closed-Loop Control for High Repeatability and Accuracy

n 24 Bit Controller with USB, Ethernet, RS-232 Interface and Analog Control

Available Manual Long Travel Stage with Motor Upgrade Option

About PI

PI is a leading manufacturer of  piezo systems, stages, linear motors & precision motion-control equipment for microscopy, bio-nanotechnology, photonics & semiconductor applications. The company has 4 decades of motion control experience with OEM and research customers. PI  was ISO 9001 certified in 1994 and is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries and a total staff of over 500.

Date:           May. 2009


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