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.

HOT PRODUCTS

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Five Axis Piezo Nanopositioning System: Nano-Man5
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.  Continue Reading..
High Precision Positioning: MMP Series
High Precision Positioning: MMP Series
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.  Continue Reading..
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Nano-METZ Nanopositioning System
The Nano-METZ is a compact z-axis piezo nanopositioning system designed for high speed scanning and ultra-low noise characteristics for demanding AFM, positioning, and metrology applications. The innovative design of the Nano-METZ and our exclusive PicoQ® sensor technology yields a resonant frequency of 14.5 kHz and a noise floor of 400 femtometers/√Hz. The result is unparalleled speed, response, and precision.  Continue Reading..
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Lowest Profile 2-Axis Nanopositioner: Nano-Bio Series
The Nano-Bio series offers ultra-low profile XY piezo nanopositioning systems with up to 300 microns of travel per axis. The Nano-Bio Series includes exclusive PicoQ® sensors yielding low noise and high stability performance under closed loop control. These attributes make this series ideal for single molecule microscopy, optical trapping, and atomic force microscopy.  Continue Reading..
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Piezoelectric Mirror Tip/Tilt Actuators: Nano-MTA Series
The Nano-MTA Series are piezo nanopositioning mirror tip/tilt actuators. With nanoradian resolution, the Nano-MTA Series is ideal for applications involving laser beam steering, tracking, and scanning. Proprietary PicoQ® technology provides absolute, repeatable position measurement under closed loop control. The Nano-MTA series is capable of high speed, high stability motion and has been used in applications such as gravitational wave...  Continue Reading..
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MadPLL® Phase Lock Loop Controller
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.  Continue Reading..
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High-Speed, Direct Drive Nanopositioners: Nano-OP Series
The Nano-OP Series offers a versatile range of compact, single axis piezo nanopositioners. With travel ranges up to 100 microns and a robust design, these nanopositioners are used in many different applications. The inclusion of the PicoQ® sensors ensures low noise performance under closed loop control. The Nano-OP series has been used for AFM probe control, interferometry, and optical microscopy.  Continue Reading..
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3 Axis Piezo Nanopositioning System: Nano-HS3M
The Nano-HS3M is a high speed, 3 axis piezo nanopositioning system with picometer positioning resolution. The inclusion of PicoQ® sensor technology provides absolute, repeatable position measurement under closed loop control. The ultra-low noise floor and the high resonant frequency of the Z-axis makes it ideal for high speed performance. The Nano-HS3M has been used as a tip scanner for Mad City Labs AFM.  Continue Reading..
Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscope: MCL-NSOM
Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscope: MCL-NSOM
The MCL-NSOM is a near field scanning optical microscope using a resonant probe. The MCL-NSOM is built on a microscope platform with access to optical pathways making it ideal to use with optical microscopy techniques. The MCL-NSOM includes 6 axes of motorized positioning and 3 axes of closed loop nanopositioning for exceptional position resolution. The NSOM can be operated in 5 standard NSOM modes and can also be used solely as a resonant probe...  Continue Reading..
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SPM-M Kit For Scanning Probe Microscopy
The SPM-M kit is a do-it-yourself atomic force microscope (AFM). The SPM-M kit produces a high performance, resonant probe AFM suitable for both research and teaching environments. It includes the MadPLL® controller, 3 axes of closed loop nanopositioning, resonant probes and AFMView™2 software. A wide range of AFM accessories are also available.  Continue Reading..
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XYZ Piezo Nanopositioning System: Nano-LPQ Series
The Nano-LPQ Series offers ultra-low profile 3-axis nanopositioning systems designed for high speed microscopy applications. The Nano-LPQ is designed with an integrated slide holder and incorporates proprietary PicoQ sensors which yield low noise performance under closed loop control.  Continue Reading..
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Z-Axis Piezo Nanopositioners
Mad City Labs originated the designs for low profile Z-axis piezo nanopositioners. These stages are widely used for optical microscopy techniques such as super resolution microscopy and confocal microscopy. The positioners offer a wide range of designs for compatibility with most microscope models and many microscope stages. These piezo Z stages are fully removable from your microscope stage, and a range of sample holders are also available.  Continue Reading..
Nanopositioner Focusing Elements: Nano-F Series
Nanopositioner Focusing Elements: Nano-F Series
The Nano-F Series by Mad City Labs offers compact piezo lens nanopositioners with closed loop control and travel ranges up to 200 microns. Designed to hold and move objective lenses with very low off-axis motion and sub-nanometer precision. The Nano-F series feature interchangeable quick lock adapters for ease of use with a range of commercial microscopes.  Continue Reading..
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RM21® MicroMirror TIRF Microscope
The MicroMirror TIRF microscope is a unique single molecule microscope. Spatial separation of the excitation and emission beams and the use of broadband micromirrors leads to superior signal-to-noise ratios for multi-wavelength TIRF microscopy. The open access to the excitation and emission optical pathways makes this the ideal platform to implement a range of biophysical techniques simultaneously.   Continue Reading..
Three Axis Nanopositioning Systems: Nano-LPS Series
Three Axis Nanopositioning Systems: Nano-LPS Series
The Nano-LPS Series comprises ultra-low profile 3 axis nanopositioning systems with sub-nanometer precision under closed loop control. Designed for single molecule microscopy, super resolution microscopy, and nanoscopy applications, the Nano-LPS incorporates the exclusive PicoQ sensor technology which ensures high stability and low noise performance.  The Nano-LPS is ideal for researchers seeking to add nanometer precision to their...  Continue Reading..
XYZ Nanopositioning System: Nano-LPMW
XYZ Nanopositioning System: Nano-LPMW
The Nano-LPMW is a unique XYZ axis nanopositioning system designed to hold multiwall plates, slides, dishes, and environmental chambers. This low profile positioner has an extra-large center aperture with a 200 micron range of motion on all three axes. It is easily integrated into existing inverted optical microscopes and is compatible with numerous microscope stages.  Continue Reading..
Mad City Labs Custom Solutions And OEM Partnerships
Mad City Labs Custom Solutions And OEM Partnerships
Mad City Labs offers a broad range of custom solutions able to meet specialized requirements ranging from simple modifications of existing designs to completely custom projects. Customers can move easily from project concept to reality with in-house research scientists’ extensive knowledge of UHV instrumentation, optical spectroscopy, and nanotechnology. Mad City labs also develops custom firmware and dll’s to speed up final product...  Continue Reading..
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Heavy Duty Nanopositioners: Nano-HL Series
These nanopositioners have been designed to carry heavy optics or sensor assemblies weighing up to 10kg and have enough physical rigidity to counteract large off-axis loads with high positional stability and precise positioning. Additional features include single axis motion, and 50, 100, and 200µm motion ranges.  Continue Reading..
Three-Axis Compact Nanopositioners: Nano 3D Series
Three-Axis Compact Nanopositioners: Nano 3D Series
The Nano-3D200 and Nano-3D500 are compact nanopositioners used for optical fiber alignment and hybrid positioning systems. Both models feature a compact size, three-axis motion, closed loop control, and true flexure guided motion.  Continue Reading..
High Precision Nanopositioning Systems: Nano-MET Series
High Precision Nanopositioning Systems: Nano-MET Series
The Nano-MET series of nanopositioning systems have been designed to provide picometer positioning resolution for metrology, AFM, and SPM applications. Three models are available in the series with variations in configuration, size, noise floor, response time, and more.  Continue Reading..

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mad City Labs, Inc.

2524 Todd Drive

Madison, WI 53713

UNITED STATES

Phone: 608 298-0855

NEWS

  • 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.

FEATURED DOWNLOADS AND ARTICLES

  • 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

    he 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. This application note describes the process of creating tungsten tips using the SPM etch kit.

  • 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 possible due to the 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 an 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.

  • Nano-METZ Nanopositioning System Datasheet

    Nano-METZ nanopositioners are ideal for applications involving high-speed and high-resolution positioning, metrology, AFM, and SPM. They feature an ultra-fast response, high stability, closed loop control, a compact size, picometer resolution, a femtometer noise floor, and more.