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Noliac provides the precision for your nanopositioning system

Added: (Fri May 19 2017)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Nanopositioning systems often rely on piezoelectric actuators to ensure the very fine positioning with sub-nanometer resolution. This is the case in high frequency nanopositioning, where a small displacement amplitude with a fast response is required.

How high frequency nanopositioning works

High frequency nanopositioning employs piezoelectric actuators with direct action. This means, that the actuator is directly pushing the platform without any conversion or amplification mechanism, which would drag the first resonance down. The piezo actuator provides a few microns positioning range but with picometer resolution. Positioners usually include a sensor to achieve closed-loop control. Depending on the displacement range, resonance frequency can be of several kHz.

Positioning of an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) probe

An example of high frequency nanopositioning is for the vertical positioning of an AFM probe. Here, the probe has to follow the surface of a sample, either in contact or at a short distance (few nanometers). This requires very fine positioning with sub-nanometer resolution and very low noise. Furthermore, the high resonance frequency provides improved stability of the control loop, enabling faster imaging. While conventional AFM will take minutes for a scan, fast positioning can allow imaging down to fractions of a second.

Custom designed multilayer actuators

Multilayer actuators are preferred for their high strain and low operating voltage. Depending on the required travel range, positioners can include single actuators or actuator stacks. Usually a soft-doped ceramic NCE51 provides good results.

For example, a plate actuator stack such as NAC2012-H06 can be used. It provides 6Ķm of free displacement and an unloaded resonance of 200kHz (free-free). Taking into account the different boundary conditions and the mass of the platform, the first resonance in the application will be lower, in the order of tens of kHz, enabling imaging in a few seconds.

Read more about Noliacís actuators at http://www.noliac.com/?id=506
Read more about the possibilities for custom designing your actuators at http://www.noliac.com/?id=614

Contact us for more information

If you have any questions regarding piezo products for your nanopositioning system, please contact us using our Request for Quote form or contact sales at http://www.noliac.com/?id=681.

Submitted by:Lotte Beck
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