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  • Ultra-stable positioning
  • Integrated micropositioning and piezo nanopositioning
  • 1" (25mm) XY micropositioning
  • Z-axis nanopositioning
  • Holders for 75mm slides and 35mm petri dishes
  • Fits inverted optical microscopes and optical tables
  • Closed loop control

Typical Applications
  • Optical microscopy, easy to retrofit
  • Confocal imaging
  • Fluorescence imaging
  • Single molecule spectroscopy
  • Nanomanipulation
  • STORM and PALM imaging

Product Description

The MCL-MOTNZ is a value priced positioning system for use with inverted optical microscopes. The MCL-MOTNZ combines a stepper motor XY linear motion stage with a closed loop, high resolution, Z-axis piezo nanopositioning system. The micropositioning stage provides 25 mm of travel per axis with a minimum step size of 95 nm. The use of high precision components and our proprietary intelligent control technique results in an ultra-stable microscope platform with excellent native precision without the addition of costly encoders.

The MCL-MOTNZ z-axis nanopositioner has a travel range of 200 microns and integrates into the nano-qualified microstage. Internal position sensors utilizing proprietary PicoQ® technology provide absolute, repeatable position measurement with sub-nanometer resolution under closed loop control.

The MCL-MOTNZ system includes our compact series of USB 2.0 enabled Nano-Drive®C and Micro-Drive™C controllers. These controllers are fully compatible with user written LabVIEW software and are provided with a basic LabVIEW motion control routine for positioning in all axes. Optional wireless joystick control is also available.

The MCL-MOTNZ is the complete nanometer positioning system for single molecule spectroscopy and high resolution microscopy applications. The MCL-MOTNZ is compatible with Olympus IX Series, Nikon TE/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. MCL-MOTNZ systems are also compatible with other configurations and direct mounting to optical tables. Available options: sample holders, breadboard (metric or imperial).

The MCL-MANNZ combines a manual micrometer XY stage with a closed loop, high resolution, Z-axis piezo nanopositioning system for an affordable alternative that is easy to control. For combined stepper motor XY with XYZ piezo stage, see the Nano-View® Series. For combined manual XY translateion with XYZ piezo stage, see the Nano-View®/M Series. For a piezo Z stage with a longer travel option and an aperture sized for multi-well plates, see the Nano-ZL Series.

Compatible Software Packages:

Technical Specifications - Micropositioning Stage

Axes of motion XY
Ranges of motion (XY)
25 mm
Minimum Step Size 95 nm
Repeatability <100 nm
Speed 2 mm/sec
Body Material Aluminum
Controller Micro-Drive™C
Digital Interface USB 2.0

Technical Specifications - Nanopositioner

Axis of motion Z
Range of motion
200 μm
Resolution 0.4 nm
Resonant Frequency 250 Hz ±20%
Recommended max. load (horizontal)* 0.5 kg
Body Material Aluminum
Controller Nano-Drive®C
Digital Interface USB 2.0
Analog Input 0V to 10V
* Larger load requirements should be discussed with our engineering staff.
Compact series of controllers.

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