ABOUT MAD CITY LABS, INC.
Mad City Labs, Inc is a leading manufacturer of flexure based nanopositioning systems capable of sub-nanometer positioning resolution. Our product line covers the entire spectrum of nanopositioning capabilities while maintaining a leadership role in multi-axis stages for high speed optical microscopy imaging. Mad City Labs design engineers use 3D CAD and finite element analysis to produce nanopositioners which combine long ranges of motion with exceptional linearity, orthogonality, and stability. Our in-house CNC machining centers provide complete control of mechanical assembly production and allow Mad City Labs to design and fabricate custom systems with minimal engineering costs and short lead times. We deliver the tools for nanotechnology in 30 to 45 days and provide the highest level of customer service and satisfaction in the industry. We provide innovative and practical solutions for today’s demanding biotechnology and nanotechnology applications. Applications for nanopositioners include super resolution microscopy, high speed confocal imaging, AFM, NSOM, scanning probe microscopy, fiber positioning, single molecule spectroscopy, single molecule/particle tracking, high resolution optical alignment, SR optical microscopy, sub-diffraction limit microscopy, nanoscopy and lithography.
New Mad360™: Precision Rotational Positioning System
The Mad360™ is a compact precision rotational stage. The rotational motion is bidirectional and continuous 360°. Minimum rotational steps of 1 milliradian and capable of speeds up to 20 rotations/second, the Mad360™ is a versatile motion control device.
Versatile, High Precision Near Field Scanning Optical Microscope
Mad City Labs recently announced the release of the MCL-NSOM, a versatile near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM). The MCL-NSOM is an aperture NSOM built on Mad City Labs RM21™ inverted optical microscope, which allows users to convert to aperture-less NSOM, AFM and fluorescence optical microscopy.
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Atomic Force Microscopy Enhances The Nanoscopy Toolkit
Atomic force microscopes are ideal for nanomechanical characterization, bringing utility to nanoscopy applications and excelling in conditions where low light presents challenges or sample integrity is vital.
MadPLL® Phase Lock Loop Controller Datasheet
The MadPLL® is digital phase lock loop controller designed for use with Mad City Labs nanopositioning systems as part of a DIY resonant probe atomic force microscope (AFM). MadPLL® includes AFMView™2 software, probe boards and sensor amplifier. The supplied software features automated setup, configuration control, auto-Q calculation and automatic parasitic capacitance compensation (PCC) control.
Creating Tungsten Tips Using Mad City Labs SPM Etch Kit
The Mad City Labs SPM etch kit is designed allow users to create a sharp tungsten tip suitable for
scanning probe microscopy. The instrumentation allows the user to attach a tungsten wire to a quartz tuning fork and electrochemically etch the wire.
High Resolution Steps For Angular Displacement Using The Nano-MTA2
This application note presents data that demonstrates the Nano-MTA2 ability to take extremely small steps of 25 nanoradians and for these steps to be discerned by an external measurement. This performance is
possibl e due to th e low noise and high - resolution capabilities of the PicoQ ® sensors that are exclusive to Mad City Labs systems.
Using Shattered Silicon As Resonant Probe Tips
Shattered silicon wafers can produce shards of silicon that terminate in sharp tips suitable for AFM use.
The simplicity and low cost of this method makes it a viable alternative to using etched tungsten tips. The SPM Etch Kit can be used to attach shard of silicon to the tuning fork to produce a tuning fork tip. This application note assumes that the SPM etch kit is assembled and ready for use.
Scanning In Liquid With A Tuning Fork Probe And Diving Bell Kit
This application note describes how to
prepare a probe for an AFM scan in liquids using a tuning fork probe. The note describes how the process utilizes a “diving bell” approach to protect the probe and how to fabricate the diving bell using the Mad City Labs diving bell kit.
AFM With Motorized XYZ And Camera
An atomic force microscope (AFM) can be built using Mad City Labs products along with other off-the-shelf components. This application note describes the construction of a fully automated AFM with the addition of a camera with
a coaxial illuminator to view the tip approach.
AFM With Manual XY And Automated Z Approach And Camera
An atomic force microscope (AFM) can be built using Mad City Labs products along with other off-the-shelf components. This application note describes the construction of a
n AFM automated Z approach with the addition of a camera with a coaxial illuminator to view the tip approach.
Five Axis Piezo Nanopositioning System: Nano-Man5 Datasheet
The Nano-Man5 is a 5-axis piezo nanopositioning system with closed loop feedback control for absolute position measurement. The compact design makes it easy to integrate into existing instrumentation. The Nano-Man5 is designed for alignment applications that require 3 linear axes combined with tip/tilt capabilities. The included position sensors ensure picometer and nanoradian accuracy under closed loop control.
High Precision Positioning: MMP Series Datasheet
The MMP series comprises precision, stepper motor driven micropositioning systems with up to 25mm of travel. They are available in 1, 2 or 3 axis configurations but can be employed in a modular design. The proprietary intelligent control scheme results in exceptional stability with high native precision. The MMP series has been designed for use with our closed loop nanopositioners.