Aerotech’s QNP linear piezo nanopositioning stages provide the benefits of both a stage and actuator in one compact, high stiffness package. With a direct metrology, capacitive sensor feedback option, high resonant frequencies, and high load capacity, the QNP is ideal for a wide range of high speed and high precision applications such as scanning probe microscopy, disc drive testing, and semiconductor wafer articulation.
A direct drive actuation design and optimized structure enable millisecond response and move and settle times. FEA optimized precision flexures ensure high stiffness, long device life, and high dynamics while maintaining excellent geometric performance for critical nanopositioning applications.
Optional closed loop feedback using a unique capacitive sensor design allows for sub-nanometer resolution and single digit nanometer linearity errors. The capacitive sensors measure the output of the positioning carriage directly enabling superior accuracy and repeatability.
When coupled with Aerotech’s Q-series controllers and drives, the QNPHD demonstrates sub-nanometer positioning resolution and high-positioning bandwidth. Aerotech’s Dynamic Controls Toolbox and Motion Designer software packages provide a host of advanced yet easy to use tools such as learning control, harmonic cancellation, and command shaping, providing improved tracking errors and faster step and settle times. Aerotech’s FlashConfig feature automatically identifies the stage, all operational parameters, and uploads axis calibration data ensuring safe, accurate, and true plug an play operation.
The QNPHD is available with rear and side cable exit options along with mounting features for both horizontal and vertical orientations. This flexibility allows the user to orient and package the stage for the most optimal arrangement without designing various adapter plates and brackets that increase size and design complexity. Custom designs and vacuum-prepared versions are available upon request.
Jasper Whiteside says
It is incredible to me that technology has progressed this far. The article says that these nanopositioners are capable of function at an accuracy smaller than a nano meter and have millisecond response times. I want to know what kind of technology these are used in. I wonder if they could be used in the medical field at all.