New Microscope Positioning Equipment, High Resolution Focusing and Scanning Stages released by PI

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PI (Physik Instrumente) LP has released a catalog on precision motion control equipment for high resolution microscopy.

PI's catalog covers a number of product ranges.

Novel Piezo-Motorized XY Positioning Stages
These stages provide positioning ranges to 4 Inches and above with velocity from microns per second to 4"/second. They are equipped with linear encoders for 0.1 µm resolution. Due to their ultrasonic drive properties they are self-locking at rest, with excellent long-term stability.

Application Examples
Two Photon Microscopy, Optical Trapping, STORM Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy,
PALM Photoactivated Localization Microscopy, STED Stimulated Emission Depletion, SIM Structured Illumination Microscope, Surface Metrology

High-Speed NanoFocus Objective Positioners
PIFOC® piezo-driven fast nanofocus devices provide positioning ranges from 50µm to 2000µm. Used in in Super-Resolution microscopy and Z-stack image acquisition because of their sub-nanometer resolution fast step and settle behavior, they also make for very effective autofocus systems, typically 10 times faster than traditional motor drives.

Piezo-Flexure Sample Positioners / Scanners
Instead of moving the objective lens, the sample scanners, move a slide, a well plate of an incubation chamber. The PInano® stage family consists of more than 10 models of XY, XYZ and Z positioners with a variety of, travel ranges, apertures, and feedback sensors to suit any need from focusing to high speed 3-dimensional tracking.

Controllers and Software
A variety of single and multi-axis piezo controllers for laboratory use and OEMs are offered.
Controllers are compatible with leading imaging software platforms such as Metamorph® and µManager, and LabView® and MATLAB® drivers are also available.

More information on PI high precision positioners for microscope applications.

About PI
PI is a leading manufacturer of high precision positioning equipment for microscopy, semiconductor and photonics applications. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with 10 subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of 700+

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