Optical tweezers/Sample translation stage

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We received the motorized actuators from Edmund yesterday. We got the 28 mm travel linear actuator type. We decided to get these because they came with a LabVIEW program that Larry is going to modify so that we can control them remotely. One nice feature about these guys is that they can be used without computer control. There are no dials to indicate where you are, but I can't see that being too much of a problem since we won't be using them for precision positioning.

They have been mounted in the Newport 426 stages and initial testing of them show that they function properly. Larry just has to figure out how to use the program so that he can modify it for our specific aims.