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Home > Press > Nanostepping Objective Drive Systems Speed up Biotech Research, 3D Microscopy

Abstract:
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., a leading manufacturer of nanopositioning and precision motion-control equipment for nanotechnology, biotechnology life science, photonics and semiconductor applications, offers a series of high-speed microscopy objective scanner systems for 3-D microscopy applications. These fast nanostepping drives help to provide ultrahigh-resolution images and are used in biotech research applications.

Nanostepping Objective Drive Systems Speed up Biotech Research, 3D Microscopy

Auburn, MA | Posted on February 12th, 2007

Highresolution 3D-Microscopy / Z-stack Image Acquisition: How it Works
The PIFOC® units are ideal for high speed Z-stack image acquisition, the basis for the generation of 3-D views of samples in high-resolution, optical microscopes. Conventional Z-drives use a motorized actuator and motor controller to create numerous focus planes during focusing. The individual "slices" are then processed with special software to form one 3-D image. PIFOC® systems are compatible with all major image acquisition packages.

Faster and Higher Resolution with Piezo
Piezo-actuated Z-drives, achieve significantly higher focusing speed (typically 10 msec vs. 100 msec) and resolution (typically 1 nm vs. 100 nm) than stepper motor-drives and thus provide higher-quality images in less time.

Scanning the Objective
The compact, light and stiff objective scanner design provides very fast response and does not disturb the sample which can be a problem with specimen scanners.

Application Examples
3D imaging, autofocusing, scanning and alignment tasks in microscopy, biotechnology, optics, semiconductor technology and photonic packaging.

Features & Advantages
* Available as Individual Components or Complete Systems
* Systems Include: Mechanics, Controller, Adapters, Distance Cases
* Choice of Travel Ranges: 100 µm or 400 µm
Choice of Controllers: Display Controller or Compact Controller
* Custom Tuning for Higher Speed (to 7 msec per Step)
* Compatible w/ all Major Image Acquisition Packages
* Capacitive Feedback as used in NIST Reference Class Nanometrology Systems
* UL and CSA Certified Controller

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About PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.,
PI, a global, ISO 9001 certified market leader in the field of nanopositioning technology, has been developing and manufacturing standard, custom and OEM products with piezo and motor drives for 35+ years. PI is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries and total staff of 400+.

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