- Adjustable-Height U-Shaped Breadboard Provides 270° Access to Samples
- Includes Microscope Translator (Three Versions Available):
- Manual Microscope Translation
- Motorized Microscope Translation
- Encoded Motorized Microscope Translation
- U-Shaped UltraLight™ Series Breadboard with Sealed Holes to Contain Spills
Modern imaging technology enables the study of physiological processes in living cells and animals. Image quality depends not only on state-of-the-art technology but also on the preparation of the specimens to be imaged. Imaging of live cells, tissues, and animals often requires the ability to position the specimens so that they remain stationary during image acquisition. To address these needs, Thorlabs has developed physiology stages that provide manual or motorized movement of the microscope about a stationary specimen.
These physiology stages consist of a rigid, mechanically and thermally stable U-shaped breadboard that provides more than two hundred 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes over a full 270°, which makes it easy to mount patch clamps or other experimental accessories. The breadboard has a removable Ø110 mm insert with an inset that can accommodate a standard microscope slide or Ø35 mm petri dish. The upper U-shaped breadboard is supported by four adjustable-height support columns (PHYS12P or PHYS12P/M), each of which can be adjusted from 8" to 12" (203 mm to 305 mm) and locked into place using a knurled ring locking collar. The base of each column is attached to a 1/2" (12.7 mm) thick solid aluminum breadboard measuring 24" x 24" (600 mm x 600 mm) with 1/4"-20 (M6) taps on 1.0" (25 mm) centers. This base allows the unit to maintain its factory alignment during transport; however, the aluminum breadboard can also be removed and the components can be directly mounted onto an anti-vibration table, such as our ScienceDesks. For more details on the individual components of our physiology stages, please see the Component Details tab.
Each physiology stage comes with either a manual or motorized 2" (50 mm) XY Travel Microscope Translator that is mounted to the base breadboard and provides smooth, repeatable movement in the XY direction while maintaining a stable platform for the microscope. Thorlabs' standard translators are compatible with the Nikon Eclipse FN1 upright microscope. Please email email@example.com to inquire about adapter plates that are compatible with other common microscopes.
Many of the components of our physiology stages are available separately for custom applications. Please click here for more information.