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Active Optics / Fast Tip-Tilt Piezo Steering Mirrors


 

PI's ultra fast steering mirror platforms are based on frictionless flexure guides and high-speed solid-state piezoelectric drives. These compact devices can provide integrated pitch and roll motion with only one moving mirror. They are faster than galvo-scanners and voice-coil driven beam steering systems (also available from PI) and can be used in both static and highly dynamic operation (e.g. scanning, tracking, drift and vibration cancellation).

Advantages of the PI steerable mirrors are: parallel kinematics design (coplanar multiaxis motion), fast response (sub-millisecond), high resolution (up to nanoradian range), long travel ranges (up to 6 degrees deflection).

PI's parallel-kinematics multi-axis steering mirrors use only one platform/mirror for all axes. There is one common pivot point and no polarization rotation, an important feature for many precision optics applications.

 
Single-Axis
Platforms / Shifters
Large Angle
Tip/Tilt Mirrors
Z/Tip/Tilt Platforms(w/Aperture) Nanofocusing Scanning Drives Large Astronomy Steering Mirrors




Single-Axis Steerable Mirror Platforms / Phase Shifters




S-303 High Speed Piezo Phase Shifters with Direct Metrology Option


High-Speed Piezo Phase Shifters with Direct Metrology Option
  • 25 kHz Resonant Frequency for Sub-Millisecond Dynamics
  • <0.1 Nanometer Resolution
  • Capacitive Sensor Option for Highest Linearity and Stability
  • Invar Option for Highest Thermal Stability
  • Aperture with Open-Loop Versions
  • 3 Micron Travel Range
  • Compact Size : 30 mm Diameter x 10


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet





S-224 Fast Steering Mirror / Miniature Piezo Tilt Mirror


High-Speed Miniature Piezo Tilt Mirror
  • Sub-microradian Resolution
  • Very Fast: 10 kHz Resonant Frequency for Sub-Millisecond Response
  • Up to 4.4 milliradian Optical Beam Deflection
  • Closed-Loop Versions for Better Linearity
  • Includes BK7 Mirror
  • Zero Friction Flexure Guiding System



Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet





Multi-Axis Tip/Tilt Steerable Mirrors -- Pitch & Roll Motion





S-331 Highly Dynamic Tip/Tilt Platform for Compact Mirrors


S-331 Highly Dynamic Tip/Tilt Platform for Compact Mirrors The S-331 is a highly dynamic piezo-driven tip/tilt platform for compact mirrors up to ˝” diameter. Its parallel kinematics design provides symmetrical performance for both axes along with a single pivot point. The platform is guided by backlash-free, frictionless flexure joints, a highly stiff design with zero wear. Closed-loop control with highly temperature stable metal foil strain gauges allows fast and linear motion.

The unit is driven with Mars-rover tested high performance PICMA® piezo actuators guarded by all-ceramic insulation for longer lifetime and protection from humidity.

S-331 tip/tilt mirror platforms are used in image processing, image stabilization, laser beam steering and tracking, scanning microscopy, materials processing, lithography, optical filters and switches.

  • Fast Step and Settle: Full Travel Move in 1.8 msec (1% accuracy); 0.8 msec (Rise Time)
  • High Dynamics: Up to 10 kHz Resonant Frequency
  • Tip/Tilt Angle up to 5 mrad, Optical Deflection Angle up to 10 mrad (0.57°)
  • Parallel Kinematic Design: Single pivot Point
  • Closed-Loop for High Linearity
  • For ˝” Mirrors

Read Piezo Scanner Blog

Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet





S-330 Fast Steering Mirror / High Speed Piezo Tip/Tilt (Pitch/Roll) Platforms


High-Speed Piezo Tip/Tilt Platforms
  • Fixed Orthogonal Axes with a Common Pivot Point
  • Up to 20 milliradian Optical Beam Deflection
  • Up to 20 nanoradian Resolution
  • For Mirrors up to 50 mm θ
  • Closed-Loop Versions for Better Linearity
  • Differential Design for Excellent Temperature Stability
  • Zero Friction Flexure Guides
  • Single-Moving-Platform, Parallel-Kinematics Design: Equal Dynamics for all Axes, Better Linearity & Temperature Stability

Watch Video Animation below


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet





S-334 Fast Tip/Tilt Steering Mirror. Long-Range Piezo Drive (100 mrad Deflection)


Large Angle Piezo Steering Mirror
  • Optical Deflection to 100 milliradian (∼6°) in Pitch and Roll
  • Closed-Loop Version for Higher Linearity
  • For Mirrors up to 12.5 mm (0.5") Diameter
  • 2 Fixed Orthogonal Axes with a Common Pivot Point
  • Sensor Configuration for Excellent Temperature Stability
  • Zero Friction Flexure Guides

Steering Mirrors
Watch Video Animation



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S-340 Fast Steering Mirror / High-Speed Piezo Tip/Tilt (Pitch/Roll) Platform


High-Speed Piezo Tip/Tilt Platforms
  • Fixed Orthogonal Axes with a Common Pivot Point
  • 4 milliradian Optical Beam Deflection
  • For Mirrors to 100 mm θ
  • Sub-microradian Resolution
  • Closed-Loop Versions for Better Linearity
  • Differential Design for Excellent Temperature Stability
  • Zero Friction Flexure Guides
  • Single-Moving-Platform, Parallel-Kinematics Design: Equal Dynamics for all Axes, Better Linearity & Temperature Stability

Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




Z + Tip/Tilt Motion Platforms (with Aperture)





S-310 and S-316 Fast Steering Mirror Platform / Piezo Tip/Tilt Platforms and Z Positioners w/Aperture


High-Speed Multi-Axis Tip/Tilt Platforms and Z Positioners
  • 10 mm Clear Aperture
  • Piezo Tripod Design Allows Z Motion and Tilt
  • Up to 2.4 milliradian Optical Beam Deflection
  • Piston Movement up to 12 Micron
  • Closed-Loop Versions for Better Linearity
  • For Optics, Mirrors or Other Components
  • Zero Friction Guiding Mechanism
  • Single-Moving-Platform, Parallel-Kinematics Design : Equal Dynamics for all Axes, Better Linearity & Temperature Stability

Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet



P-541 Large Aperture Z-Tip-Tilt Piezo Stage, Low Profile


P-541 Large Aperture Z-Tip-Tilt Piez Stage
  • Low profile piezo tip tilt stages are available with apertures to
    100 mm and more.
  • Custom stages are also available.

  • Learn more



S-325 Fast Steering Mirror, Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform & Z Positioner


High-Speed Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform and Z Positioner
  • Piezo Tripod Design Allows Pitch, Roll+ Z-Piston Motion
  • 10 milliradian Optical Beam Deflection
  • Piston Movement up to 30 Micron
  • Closed-Loop Versions for Better Linearity
  • For Mirrors up to 25 mm (1 inches) Diameter
  • Zero Friction Flexure Guides
  • Single-Moving-Platform, Parallel-Kinematics Design: Equal Dynamics for all Axes, Better Linearity & Temperature Stability

Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




E-616 Motion Controller for Multi-Axis Piezo Tip/Tilt Mirrors and Platforms

 
E-616 Motion Controller for Multi-Axis Piezo Tip/Tilt Mirrors and Platforms

Benchtop Piezo Motion  Controller for Nanopositioning  
E-616 Benchtop Model
  • Precision Motion Control for Piezo Nano Positioning Systems
  • Bench-Top and OEM Versions
  • Three Integrated Amplifiers Provide up to 10 W Peak Power
  • Closed-Loop and Open-Loop Versions
  • Internal Coordinate Transformation Simplifies Control
    of Parallel Kinematics Designs (Tripod & Differential Drive)
  • Compact and Cost-Effective Design for OEMs or Bench-Top


Specifications & Drawings, Request Quote | PDF Datasheet




Hexapods and Fast Steering Mirrors / Active Optics in Astronomical Telescopes


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Resolution in large earthbound telescopes is limited by atmospheric turbulence and vibrations. During the last 25 years, PI has designed a number of large-aperture high bandwidth tip/tilt systems for image stabilization. Piezoelectrically driven active secondary mirrors can improve the effective resolution up to 1000% by correcting for these image shifts in real time, especially during long integrations with weak light sources.

Momentum Compensation
Due to the inertia of the large mirrors and the high accelerations required to correct for image fluctuations, significant forces can be induced in the telescope structure, causing unwanted vibrations. PI has developed momentum compensation systems integrated into the tip/tilt platforms which cancel undesirable vibrations and thus offer significantly better stabilization than uncompensated systems.


Weatherproof hexapod for ALMA telescope array. Learn more

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Weather Proof Hexapods
Catalog: High Bandwidth / Low Bandwidth Steering Mirror Systems


Keck I and Keck II observatories and NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF, silver dome), Mauna Kea, Hawaii (Photo: K. Spanner)


The Horsehead Nebula


The image on the left represents a star without tip/tilt correction, the image on the right was obtained with fast tilt correction. (Source: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1606.00690.pdf)


High dynamics, light-weight hexapods, such as the H-811, can be used for alignment and multi-axis image stabilization on telescopes in suborbital balloons. Learn more



View of the 8.2 m Subaru infrared telescope in Hawaii (from http://SubaruTelescope.org/Index.html), printed with permission of NAOJ.

Active tip/tilt mirror for the Subaru Telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii). Mirror diameter: 150 mm. Tip/tilt range: ±600 µrad. Resonant frequency: 610 Hz

Active tip/tilt mirror for the Subaru telescope, rear view.

Active tip/tilt mirror for the United Kingdom infrared telescope (UKIRT) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii with Secondary Hexapod 6-D alignment system (more information on Hexapod systems).
Mirror diameter: 314 mm
Tip/tilt range: ±500 µrad
Resonant frequency: 280 Hz

Active secondary mirror for NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii,with Hexapod 6-D alignment system (more information on Hexapod systems).
Mirror diameter: 244 mm
Tip/tilt range: ±250 µrad
Resonant frequency: 490 Hz

Active tip/tilt mirror system for the Keck Outrigger telescope in Hawaii. The units are controlled by a high-performance digital controller with a fiber optic interface (not shown).
Mirror diameter: 250 mm
Tip/tilt range: ±150 µrad
Resolution: nanoradian range
Position measurement: capacitive

Active secondary tip/tilt mirror for the 2.2 m ESO (European Southern Observatory) telescope in La Silla, Chile.
Mirror diameter: 100 mm
Tip/tilt range: ±400 µrad
Resonant frequency: 900 Hz

Telescope structure with active secondary mirror (from "Progress Report on DISCO: A Project for Image Stabilization at the 2.2 m Telescope," F. Maaswinkel, S. D'Odorico and G. Huster, ESO, F. Bortoletto, Istituto di Astronomia, University of Padova, Italy).






Large Z/Tip/Tilt Stages (with aperture)
 
 



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