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The rotation stage is built by Aerotech and consists of a precise air bearing rotation stage (ABRT-260) in the center, a less precise roller bearing rotation stage (ALAR-325) which carries a slip ring and can only be operated in slave mode with the inner rotation stage, a tripod to lift (in z-direction) or tilt the rotation axis and an air bearing linear stage to move the rotation stage sideways (in x-direction). Integrated in the inner rotation stage is the sample stage, a piezo stack with 5 degrees of freedeom to align the sample w.r.t. the rotation axis.

Sample height

Together with the z-displacement of the base stage and camera stage, a sample can be mounted up to ~180 mm above the top surface of the rotation table and still be brought into the beam.


The coordinate system is defined in the sketch above - rot_x, rot_y and rot_z refer to rotations around the x, y and z axes respectively.

directiontravel range
x+/- 100 mm
z+/- 50 mm