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High multi axis accuracy on nanopositioning stages

Aerotech : 14 October, 2016  (New Product)
The QNP2 Series ZY Piezo nanopositioning stages from Aerotech provides high geometric performance and multi axis accuracy
High multi axis accuracy on nanopositioning stages

Aerotech’s QNP2 series XY, parallel-kinematic, piezo positioning stages combine sub-nanometer resolution, high dynamics, and excellent geometric performance in a compact, low-profile package. The QNP2-100-XYA has a 50 mm x 50 mm clear aperture with closed-loop travels up to 100 µm x 100 µm (open-loop travels to 120 µm x 120 µm). The design is ideal for optical microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, x-ray transmission microscopy, and other applications where two-sided part access is required.

Precision Design

QNP2 piezo stages employ a parallel-kinematic flexure and metrology design that ensures the highest level of multi-axis accuracy. FEA-optimized precision flexures ensure high-stiffness and long device life. High stiffness and resonant frequency enable exceptional process throughput and fast closed-loop response. A patent-pending drive design minimizes yaw errors while maintaining an Abbe-compliant metrology system.

All QNP2 piezo stages are available with closed-loop feedback (-C) or open-loop (no feedback). The unique capacitive sensor parallel-metrology design directly measures the output of the positioning carriage enabling 0.15 nm resolution, 0.01% linearity, and 1 nm bidirectional repeatability.

Ultra-Precision Control with Options

Aerotech’s Q-series controllers and drives provide a variety of convenient software options. The Dynamic Controls Toolbox and Motion Designer packages have a host of advanced yet easy-to-use tools such as Learning Control, Harmonic Cancellation, and Command Shaping to improve tracking errors and increase step-and-settle times. Aerotech’s controller architecture easily enables high-speed, tightly-controlled coordinated motion between piezo stages, servos, steppers, and galvos.

An optional mounting plate allows direct mounting to English or metric breadboard optical tables, and a solid tabletop is available. QNP2 piezo stages are also offered in custom materials and vacuum-prepared versions.

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