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Long-range Z-axis nanopositioning stage is especially designed to hold multiwell plates

The Mad City Labs‘ Nano-ZL Series are long range, Z-axis nanopositioners specifically designed to hold multiwell plates used in biomedical research. High-throughput single cell fluorescence microscopy and high speed, high resolution confocal imaging can be accomplished while simultaneously adjusting the Z-axis position to remove the effects of multiwell plate irregularities.

The Nano-ZL Series has true flexure guided motion and contains internal position sensing for a resolution of better than 1 nm over the full 500 µm travel range, and sub-nanometer for the shorter 100 µm travel range. In addition to high resolution spatial imaging, the Nano-ZL step response allows entire Z-section acquisitions with minimal photo bleaching. For more information, please contact us.


Seven Nanopositioning Elements from Mad City Labs

Elliot Scientific has expanded its coverage of Mad City Labs equipment available through the company by adding a dedicated webpage for the Nano-F series of focusing elements. The new page details Mad City Labs’ offerings for microscopists involved in 4Pi microscopy, STORM, PALM, confocal and fluorescence imaging, super resolution (SR) microscopy, high speed Z stack imaging and other applications requiring high speed focus adjustment:

  • Nano-F Series – Objective lens focusing elements with 100 µm or 200 µm of travel
  • Nano-F25HS – A high speed nanopositioner focusing element with 25 µm travel
  • Nano-F3D  – An objective lens nanopositioner with 3-axis (XYZ) motion up to 100 µm per axis
  • Nano-F450  – The longest travel range piezo focusing element available for research microscopy with 450 µm travel

These elements can be used as stand-alone systems, or in conjunction with other Mad City Labs nanopositioning stages, and feature quick mount threaded adapters for RMS and metric lens threads.

In addition, we have also added the following nanopositioning stages to existing pages within the dedicated Mad City Labs section of their website:

  • Nano-MTA Series – A range of mirror tip/tilt actuators for rapid scanning of laser beams with sub-microradian resolution
  • Nano-OPH Series – A large central aperture nanopositioning stage with ranges of motion from 30 up to 100 µm
  • Nano-SPM200 – A compact nanopositioning system with 200 µm travel

For more information on these and the other piezo-driven stages Mad City Labs offer, please contact us or download the Mad City Labs 2012 Catalogue here.


Vibration Isolation System Utilises ‘Negative-Stiffness’ Technology

MK52 Negative-Stiffness Optical Table Isolation System

Anti-vibration leaders Kinetic Systems of Boston offer versatile, ultra-low-natural-frequency optical table isolation support systems to researchers in the UK and Ireland. Available only through Elliot Scientific, the MK52 optical table isolation support system achieves low net vertical natural frequency without limiting its ability to support static loads due to its unique Minus K® negative-stiffness technology.

Horizontal isolation is provided by beam columns connected in series with the vertical-motion isolator. When adjusted to a ½ Hz natural frequency, the MK52 achieves 93% isolation efficiency at 2 Hz, 99% at 5 Hz, and 99.7% at 10 Hz.

MK52 Negative-Stiffness Optical Table Isolation System

The MK52 support system can be configured for a wide variety of locations and applications – wherever external vibrations can adversely affect the operation of sensitive equipment. Ultra-low natural frequencies, high internal structural frequencies, and excellent vertical and horizontal isolation efficiencies make the system well-suited to applications such as analytical balances, cell injection, confocal microscopes, patch clamping, optical microscopes, wafer probing, sensor calibration, and laser applications in fields such as semiconductor processing, telecommunications, aerospace engineering and medical research.

The MK52 is also ideal for applications requiring high resolution, such as Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), AFM-Raman integration and micro-hardness testing.

For more information on this and other vibration isolation tables and breadboards from Kinetic Systems, please contact us.


Negative-Stiffness Optical Table Isolation System

MK52 Negative-Stiffness Optical Table Isolation System

Elliot Scientific is introducing a new, versatile, ultra-low-natural-frequency optical table isolation support system to researchers in the UK and Ireland. The MK52 optical table isolation support system, from anti-vibration leaders Kinetic Systems of Boston, achieves low net vertical natural frequency without limiting its ability to support static loads due to its unique Minus K® negative-stiffness technology.

Horizontal isolation is provided by beam columns connected in series with the vertical-motion isolator. When adjusted to a ½ Hz natural frequency, the MK52 achieves 93% isolation efficiency at 2 Hz, 99% at 5 Hz, and 99.7% at 10 Hz.

MK52 Negative-Stiffness Optical Table Isolation System

The MK52 support system can be configured for a wide variety of locations and applications – wherever external vibrations can adversely affect the operation of sensitive equipment. Ultra-low natural frequencies, high internal structural frequencies, and excellent vertical and horizontal isolation efficiencies make the system well-suited to applications such as analytical balances, cell injection, confocal microscopes, patch clamping, optical microscopes, wafer probing, sensor calibration, and laser applications in fields such as semiconductor processing, telecommunications, aerospace engineering and medical research.

The MK52 is also ideal for applications requiring high resolution, such as Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), AFM-Raman integration and micro-hardness testing.

For more information on this and other vibration isolation tables and breadboards from Kinetic Systems, please contact us.