2D Stage for Inverted Microscope (Economy)
Introducing a 2D (X-Y) Joystick controlled stage I designed and built for Optical Tweezers, but could be used with any inverted microscope. This was a low budget stage system composed of parts from different vendors. The X-Y linear stage had 100nm and X-Piezo stage had .06nm resolution. The stage cost around $2300 (without piezo).
Sample slide holder
X-Piezo stage: MAD CITY LABS:- Nano OP-30, 30m travel .06nm resolution
Miniature Linear Actuators: ZABER:- T-LA28A, 28mm travel 100nm resolution
X-Y linear stage: NEWPORT:- 460A-XY, 20mm travel
2D Platform: THORLABS, 1.5 inches displacement
Sample holder stage designed by me
Piezo stage AdapterPiezo stage was mounted on the platform with an adapterThis was used to hold a slideright above the objective.The holder was attached to the piezo stage with 4 rubber pads in between. The pads were used to control Tip-Tilt.X-Piezo Stage
X-Y stage can be prepared from a single 2D stage or two 1D stages by replacing the micrometers with actuators.X-Y stageTwo linear stages
The stage was mounted on X-Y platform, where two plates were installed for rough adjustment in X-Y to align the slide center with objective optical axis. A sturdy and high enough platform was a requirement of the setup (Olympus IX71 Microscope).
Setup2D StageMicroscopeObjectiveObjective Z-Piezo
Control Software GUI
I used LabVIEW to write the software to control the stages with a Logitech Attack 3 Joystick. Zaber provides a good library of the drivers. The DNA samples I was using had at least 10K tethers distributed over 15X15mm slide. For experiments I had to find the right tethers among all by scanning the sample under the microscope. It was not a very easy task but this stage and the software made it easy.
Optical Tweezers designed and built by Pranav Rathi (PhD)This was my PhD project: Optical Tweezers for Shotgun DNA mapping (sequencing) and DNA overstretching in water isotopes.