Nanometer-Precision Positioning System with 2mm x 2mm Range of Motion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W91CRB-10-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number: 02SB1-0338
Amount: $644,763.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 1999
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO99-013
Solicitation Number: 1999.1
Small Business Information
nPoint, Inc
1617 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI, -
DUNS: 961766623
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Katerina Moloni
 VP of Product Development
 (608) 204-8756
 katerina.moloni@npoint.com
Business Contact
 Richard Arndt
Title: VP of Operations
Phone: (608) 204-8750
Email: richard.arndt@npoint.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
nPoint proposes to design and construct a closed-loop 2mm range-of-motion, 2-axis nano-positioning system with unprecedented precision and resolution. There is considerable need for such a tool in near-future nanomanufacturing, characterization, and lithography. One example is scanned-probe tip-based nanomanufacturing. As such manufacturing comes to commercial fruition, accurate long-range positioning will be essential. All forms of nanolithography - e-beam, nanoimprint, interference – will gain from closed-loop, high-precision long-range motion. Magnetic-date storage companies require surface profile metrology over a large distance and are demanding improvements in the range of motion at unyielding specifications on precision, out-of-plane motion, or resolution. The proposed positioner addresses all these needs, through the combination of novel developments in long-range positioner design and integration of novel sen-sor technology.

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