Basic concepts are described at the stages communication page.

Currently supported stages:

  • Attocube ANC300 and Attocube ANC350: most common Attocube positioner controllers. Tested with Ethernet and USB connection for ANC300, and USB connection for ANC350.
  • Thorlabs APT/Kinesis: basic Thorlabs motorized stages and optomechanics devices. Tested with KDC101, K10CR1, and BSC201 motor controllers, KIM101 piezo motor controller, as well as MFF101 and FW102 (described at a different page)
  • Thorlabs Elliptec: resonant piezoelectric Thorlabs stages. Tested with ELL18 and ELL14 rotational mounts.
  • Newport Picomotor: precision piezo-actuated screws based on slip-stick principle. Tested with Newport 8742 Picomotor driver using Ethernet or USB connection.
  • Arcus Performax: fairly common single- and multi-axis motor controllers sold under different brands: Arcus, Nippon Pulse America, or Newmark Systems. Tested with PMX-4EX device with USB connection.
  • Trinamic: universal motor controllers and drivers. Tested with a single-axis TMCM-1110 controller with USB connection.
  • SmarAct: high-performance piezo sliders. So far only simple open-loop SCU controllers are supported. Tested with a standard HCU controller unit.
  • Physik Instrumente: piezo controllers. So far only PI E-516 is supported and tested.