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Item # ND72Z2LAQ, ND72Z2LAQ PIFOC Objective Scanning System 2000 Micron (µm)

Nanometer Resolution and Fast Step-and-Settle

Complete system with digital controller, software, and M32 QuickLock thread adapter
Highly dynamic step-and-settle for Z stacks
Further thread adapters as optional accessory
Compatible with µManager, MetaMorph, and MATLAB
Parameter changing during operation

Highly accurate position measuring with incremental linear encoder
Noncontact optical encoders measure the position directly at the platform with the greatest accuracy. Nonlinearity, mechanical play or elastic deformation have no influence on the measurement.

Nanometer precision and high feed force with PiezoWalk® walking drives
Several piezo actuators perform a walking motion in the PiezoWalk® walking drive that leads to forward feed of a runner. Control of the actuators allows the smallest step and forward feed motion at a resolution of well under one nanometer.

Extensive software for rapid start of productive operation
Thanks to support of MATLAB and NI LabVIEW as well as all common operating systems (Windows, Linux, and macOS), integration succeeds in virtually every environment – quickly and efficiently. Sophisticated programming examples and software tools such as PIMikroMove shorten the time to productive operation considerably.


Operating Temperature Range

15 to 40 ºC

Active Axes


Integrated Sensor

Optical Linear Encoder

Closed Loop Travel Range

2000 µm

Closed Loop Min. Incremental Motion (typ.)

5 nm

Step-and-Settle Time for a 3 µm Step at 200 g Payload, 100 nm Settling Band

<20 ms

Recommended Load (max.)

700 g

Piezo Ceramic





290 g

Mass Tolerance (±)

5 %

Cable Length

1.5 m

Cable Length Tolerance (±)

10 %

Piezo Controller

E-861 digital servo (in the scope of delivery)

Interface / Communication


Connector (motor)

HD D-sub 15

Connector (sensor)

HD D-sub 15

I/O Connector

4× digital input (TTL, programmable)
4× digital output (TTL, programmable)

Command Set

PI General Command Set (GCS)

User Software


Software Drivers

NI LabVIEW driver, dynamic libraries for Windows and Linux. Supports MATLAB, MetaMorph, µManager

Supported Functions

Data Recorder
Macro Programming

Wave Generator

Controller Dimensions

160 × 96 × 33 mm

Sensor Resolution

0.5 nm

Fields of Application

  • Two-photon microscopy
  • Confocal microscopy
  • 3-D imaging
  • Laser technology
  • Interferometry
  • Biotechnology
  • Micromanipulation
  • Autofocus for long travel ranges


The resolution of the system is limited only by the noise of the amplifier and the measuring technology because PI piezo nanopositioning systems are free of friction.

All specifications based on room temperature (22 ºC ±3 ºC).

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