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Item # F-712.HA1, F-712.HA1 High-Precision Single-Sided Fiber Alignment Systems

System with 6 degrees of freedom for aligning fibers and optical components

Integrated scan routines for fiber optic alignment

Ideal for applications in silicon photonics

Extensive software package

Direct detection of the optical signal

Position sensors for high accuracy and operational reliability

Automatic alignment of several fibers in <0.2s

Fast and high-precision drives
The basis of the fiber alignment system is a very stiff setup with an H-811 hexapod and an P-616 NanoCube® Nano positioner. The parallel-kinematic design for motion in degrees of freedom ensures high system stiffness. The motorized drives make longer travel ranges possible and at the same time, the NanoCube® Nano positioner ensures fast scanning motion and dynamic compensation of drift effects. Flexure guides and all-ceramic insulated PICMA® actuators guarantee a long lifetime. Because all drives are equipped with position sensors, it is possible for example, to reliably prevent collisions with expensive silicon wafers.

Extensive software package
The software package supplied in the scope of delivery allows integration of the system into virtually any environment. All common operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and OS X as well as a large number of common programming languages including MATLAB and NI LabVIEW are supported. Thanks to sophisticated program examples and the use of software tools such as PIMikroMove, the time between starting integrating and productive operation is shortened considerably.

Application fields
Alignment of optical components, automatic wafer tests, assembling technology in silicon photonics

High-performance scan routines
The sophisticated scan routines are integrated directly into the controller. The performance is improved considerably and integration simplified. The system can manage all tasks in the field of fiber alignment. For example, this makes simultaneous alignment in several degrees of freedom possible.

High-resolution analog input
The controller receives the optical intensity signal directly via a high-resolution analog input. Complex setups with cameras are not necessary. Various distribution functions are available for determining the maximum intensity.


Number of Active Axis


Active Axes (Rough Positioning)

θ X
θ Y

θ Z




Travel Range in X, Y, Z (Rough Positioning)

±16 mm

Travel Range in θx, θy, θz (Rough Positioning)

±10 º

Min. Incremental Motion (Rough Positioning)

0.1 µm

Max. Velocity (Rough Positioning)

10 mm/s

Sensor Type (Rough Positioning)

Rotary encoder

Drive Type (Rough Positioning)

Brushless DC motor

Active Axes (Fine Positioning)



Travel Range in X, Y, Z, Closed Loop (Fine Positioning)

100 µm

Min. Incremental Motion (Open-Loop) (Fine Positioning)

0.3 nm

Min. Incremental Motion (Closed-Loop) (Fine Positioning)

2.5 nm

Linearity Error for the Entire Travel Range (Fine Positioning)

2 %

Repeatability (bidirectional) 10% Travel Range (Fine Positioning)

2 nm

Sensor Type (Fine Positioning)


Drive Type (Fine Positioning)


Scanning Time of Spiraled Area Scan 500 µm ∅ (Alignment)

<2 s

Scanning Time of Spiraled Area Scan 100 µm ∅ (Alignment)

<0.3 s

Scanning Time of Spiraled Area Scan 10 µm ∅ (Alignment)

<0.2 s

Scanning Time (Gradient Scan) (Randomized with ±5 µm) (Repeatability < 0.01 Db) (Alignment)

<0.3 s

Operating Temperature Range (Mechanics)

0 to 50 ºC

Operating Temperature Range (Controller)

5 to 40 ºC

Cable Length

2 m

Output Signal

Analog output, ideally converted from linear to logarithmic

Max. Output Voltage Range

-5 to 5 V

Min. Bandwidth

1 kHz

Max. Noise Level

-60 dBM


Technical data specified at 20±3 ºC.

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