Piezo Tip-Tilt Mirrors: Fast Precision Optics Platforms



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S-340 Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform: High-Dynamics for Mirrors and Optics to 4"


  • 20 nrad Resolution, Excellent Position Stability
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 4 mrad
  • Parallel Kinematics Design Provides Higher Precision, Stability & Dynamics
  • No Polarization Rotation (Single Moving Platform & Fixed Pivot Point)
  • Sub-millisec Response
  • For Optics to 4"
  • Closed-Loop Option for Higher Linearity

The S-340 tip/tilt piezo platform allows precision rotation in two orthogonal axes with a fixed pivot point. The parallel-kinematic differential drive enables outstanding angular stability over a wide temperature range. A variety of top platforms are available to achieve an optimum thermal adaptation to different mirror materials. Closed-loop and open-loop models are available.

PDF Brochure | Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform Datasheet, Order Info S-340 Steering Mirror




S-331 Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform with High Dynamics & Stability


S-323 Piezo Z/Tip/Tilt Stage Platform
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 14 mrad
  • Parallel Kinematics Piezo Tripod Design for Enhanced Stability, Dynamics & Precision
  • 0.05 rad Resolution
  • Position Servo-Control for High Positioning Stability
  • Frictionless, High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • System Combination with Digital Controllers for Highest Linearity

The S-331 High-Dynamics tip/tilt piezo-driven mirror platform is based on a parallel-kinematics design. Its high resonant frequency of up to 16kHz provides the basis for excellent dynamic behavior with vey short step/settling times.

Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform Datasheet, Order Info



S-303 Tip Tilt Piezo Phase Shifter, Highest Dynamics and Stability with Capacitive Feedback Sensor


  • 25 kHz Resonant Frequency for Microsecond Response Time
  • Better than 100 Picometer Resolution
  • Mounts in any Orientation
  • Capacitive Sensor Option for Highest Linearity and Stability
  • Invar Option for Highest Thermal Stability
  • Aperture with Open-Loop Versions
  • Piston Motion Range to 3 microns
  • Compact Design: 30mm x 10mm


S-303 piezo phase shifters are based on a piezo tripod drive. The very stiff and compact design provides microsecond response times and angstrom level resolution. Piston movement is up to 3 m. Open- and closed-loop versions are available.

PDF Brochure | Piezo Phase Shifter Platform Datasheet, Order Info S-303 Phase Shifters




S-224 & S-226 Miniature Piezo Mirror Tilter


Piezo Tilt-Mirror
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 4.4mrad
  • Open and Closed-Loop Versions
  • Resolution to 50 nano radian
  • Sub-Millisecond Response
  • Backlash-Free Flexure Guiding System

S-224/S-226 miniature piezo tilt mirrors, provide optical beam deflection to 4.4 mrad, nanoradian-level resolution and sub-millisecond response times. They are equipped with with a 15x4mm BK7 glass mirror.

PDF Brochure | Piezo Tilt Mirror Datasheet, Order Info



S-310 - S-316 Piezo Phase Shifter Z/Tip/Tilt Platform with Aperture


  • Parallel Kinematics Piezo Tripod Design for Enhanced Stability, Dynamics & Precision
  • 3 Axis Motion with Optical Beam Deflection to 2.4 mrad and Piston Movement to 12 microns (phase shifter, optical filters)
  • Sub-rad Resolution, Sub-msec Response Times
  • Open and Closed-Loop Versions
  • Zero-Backlash High-Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • 10 mm Clear Aperture

These compact Z-positioners and Z-tip/tilt platforms are based on a parallel-kinematic piezo tripod design. They provide piston movement to 12 microns, tilt angles to 1.2 mrad (2.4 mrad optical beam deflection) and sub-millisecond response times. The tripod design provides excellent angular stability.

PDF Brochure | Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform / Phase Shifter Datasheet, Order Info Piezo Z/Tip/Tilt Scanner




S-335 Long Travel Piezo Flexure Tip/Tilt Mirror: High Speed and 70mrad Deflection


Miniature Piezo Tip/Tilt-Stage Steering Mirror
  • Miniature Tip/Tilt Mirror
  • No Polarization Rotation (Coplanar Axes & Fixed Pivot Point)
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 70mrad (~ 4)
  • Factory Installed Mirror
  • Millisecond Response, Resolution down to Nano-Radians
  • Closed-loop Position Servo-Control for High Accuracy
  • Zero-Backlash Precision Flexure Guides
  • Parallel-Kinematics Design for Enhanced Dynamics, Stability & Accuracy

This compact, high-dynamics tip/tilt mirror platform with piezo drives and flexure guides provides combines a very large angular range with high dynamics . Based on a sophisticated parallel-kinematics design with two coplanar, orthogonal axes and a fixed pivot point the system eliminates polarization rotation and facilitates integration into compact optical systems.

PDF Brochure | Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform Datasheet, Order Info



S-325 Piezo Tip/Tilt + Piston Platform for Steering Mirrors and Optics


  • Resolution to 50 nano Radians
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 10 mrad
  • 30 m Linear Piston Motion (Path Length Adjustment)
  • Coplanar Axes Eliminate Polarization Rotation
  • Sub-Millisecond Responsiveness
  • Open-Loop and Closed-Loop Versions
  • For Optics up to 25 mm
  • Backlash-Free , Precision Flexure Guiding System
  • Parallel Kinematics Piezo Tripod Design for Enhanced Stability, Dynamics & Precision

These Piezo Tip/Tilt/Z platforms are based on a parallel-kinematic direct-drive, piezo tripod design. They provide high speed and precise rotation of platform in two axes as well as sub-nanometer linear resolution with sub-millisecond response. Mirrors and optics up to 1 diameter can be mounted and operated in any orientation. The tripod design provides excellent angular stability

PDF Brochure | Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform Datasheet, Order Info Piezo Tip/Tilt-Platform



S-330 Fast Piezo Tip/Tilt Steering Mirror Platform: High-Dynamics, Large-Angles


Piezo Tip/Tilt-Platform
  • Optical Beam Deflection to 20 mrad (>1)
  • Resolution to 20 nrad, Excellent Position Stability
  • Parallel-Kinematics Design for Enhanced Dynamics, Stability & Accuracy
  • Sub-Millisecond Response
  • For Optics to 50mm
  • Choice of Open and Closed-Loop Versions

These piezo tip/tilt mirror platforms come with 3 different tilt ranges to 10 mrad (20 mrad optical deflection). The parallel-kinematics, differential direct drive system makes for very fast response and excellent stability and the two coplanar, orthogonal axes with and a fixed pivot point eliminates polarization rotation and facilitates integration into compact optical systems.

PDF Brochure | Piezo Tip/Tilt Platform Datasheet, Order Info



Tip/Tilt Mirrors for Astronomical Projects


Active tip/tilt mirror for the United Kingdom infrared telescope (UKIRT) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii with Secondary Hexapod 6-D alignment system Active tip/tilt mirror for the Subaru Telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii). Active tip/tilt mirror system for the Keck Outrigger telescope in Hawaii.
Active secondary tip/tilt mirror for the 2.2 m ESO (European Southern Observatory) telescope in La Silla, Chile. Piezo Tip/Tilt + Piston Platform for Steering Mirrors and Optics Active secondary mirror for NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii,with Hexapod 6-D alignment system




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