Piezo Drive & Feedback Cables


  • SMB-to-BNC, SMC-to-SMC, D-Type-to-LEMO, D-Type-to-SMC, or D-Type-to-D-Type Connectors
  • Lengths from 36" to 3 m
  • Options for Piezoelectric Actuators and Piezo Inertia Stages

PAA100

SMC Connectors, 3 m Long

PAA622

Male D-Type to Female LEMO Connectors, 3 m Long

Application Idea

PAA236R Cables on a Polaris Piezoelectric Mirror Mount

PAA236R

Right-Angle SMB to BNC Connector, 36" Long

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We offer several cables designed for use with piezoelectric actuators, piezoelectric stages, and piezo inertia stages. Connector options include SMB to BNC, SMC to SMC, D-Type to LEMO, D-Type to SMC, and D-Type to D-Type.


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SMB-to-BNC Cable

  • Right-Angle SMB Female and Straight BNC Male Connector
  • 50 Ω Impedance
  • DC to 4.0 GHz Frequency Range
  • 1000 V (RMS) Dielectric Withstanding Voltage
  • 0.40" (10.2 mm) Minimum Bend Radius
  • No Bare Brass, Suitable for Use in Laser Systems

This cable has a right-angle, SMB female connector on one end and a straight, BNC male connector on the other. The connectors are made of nickel-plated brass. The RG-178 coaxial cable is flexible enough to reach a minimum bend radius of 0.4", and the 90° SMB connector allows the cable to be connected in tight areas without putting lateral force on the connection, making this cable ideal for use in space-constrained setups.

The PAA236R can be used with our Polaris® mirror mounts with piezoelectric adjusters.

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PAA236R Support Documentation
PAA236RSMB Coaxial Cable, 90° SMB Female to BNC Male, 36" (914 mm)
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SMC-to-SMC Cables

  • Standard SMC Connectors on Both Ends
  • 50 Ω Impedance
  • RG174/U Coaxial Cable

The PAA101 (1.5 m long) and PAA100 (3 m long) drive cables are the standard SMC-terminated cables used to drive all Thorlabs 75 V piezoelectric actuators and nanopositioning stages with internal piezoelectric actuators. These cables can be used with the NanoFlex series stages, the NanoMax300 series stages, the NanoMax600 series stages, and individual piezoelectric actuators that use SMC connectors.

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PAA101 Support Documentation
PAA101Drive Cable for Piezoelectric Actuators, SMC Connectors, 1.5 m Long
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PAA100 Support Documentation
PAA100Drive Cable for Piezoelectric Actuators, SMC Connectors, 3.0 m Long
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D-Type-to-LEMO Piezo Feedback Cable

  • Designed for Closed-Loop Piezoelectric Operation
  • Send Position Feedback from Piezoelectric Actuator to Strain Gauge Reader
  • Included with All Piezo Stages and Actuators with Feedback Loop

The PAA622 is used with Thorlabs' 75 V piezoelectric actuators and nanopositioning stages with internal piezoelectric actuators that are fitted with the strain gauge position sensors. This cable sends position feedback information from the strain gauge sensor in the piezo actuator to a strain gauge reader; a separate cable is required to drive the piezo actuator. The cable is 3 m long and has a 9-pin male D-type connector that connects to the APT controller and a 7-pin LEMO connector that connects to the sensor output on the stage or actuator. For multi-axis stages, a separate feedback cable is required to operate each actuator in a closed feedback loop.

This cable can be used with the NanoFlex series stages, the NanoMax300 series stages, the NanoMax600 series stages, and individual piezoelectric actuators. The PAA622 is included with the shipment of all piezo stages and actuators with a feedback loop, as well as our strain gauge and force sensors.

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PAA622 Support Documentation
PAA622APT Piezoelectric Feedback Converter Cable - Male D-type to Female LEMO Connectors, 3.0 m Long
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Piezo Inertia Stage Drive Cable

  • Adapts D-Type Connector on PD2(/M) or PD3(/M) Piezo Inertia Stage to KIM001 or KIM101 Controller SMC Output
  • Designed for Open-Loop Piezoelectric Operation
  • 50 Ω Impedance
  • RG174/U Coaxial Cable

The PD2AD piezo drive cable is required to drive the PD2(/M) 5 mm or PD3(/M) 50 mm linear piezo inertia stages using the KIM001 or KIM101 K-Cube controllers.

Before using the KIM001 or KIM101 controllers to drive these stages, the configuration of the
controllers must be set correctly, since they are configured by default to drive our piezo inertia actuators. Using the joystick and menu button, select the "Set stage" option and change it from "PIA" to "PD(R)", then restart the controller. The display will show "Stage is PD(R)" and the controller will be configured to drive a PD2(/M) or PD3/(M) stage. Alternatively, the Kinesis software with version 1.14.18 or higher can also be used to select the PD(R) configuration.

Note that the D-Sub connector's Pin 12 (PGND, Power Ground) is connected to the outer shield of the SMC connector, while Pin 13 (SigOut1, Piezo Output 1) is connected to the SMC core wire.

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PD2AD Support Documentation
PD2ADAdapter Cable for PD2(/M) & PD3(/M) Piezo Stages, 1 m, DB15 Male to SMC Female
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Female D-Type to Male SMC Piezo Drive Cable for PDXC2 Piezo Inertia Stage Controller

Adapter Cable for PDXC2
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DB15 Female to SMC Male
Adapter Cable Terminators
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  • 1 m Long D-Sub to SMC Adapter Cable
  • Connects the PDXC2 Controller's D-sub port to the PD1(/M), PD1V(/M), PD1D(/M), or PDR1C(/M) Stage's SMC Connection

The PDXC2AD adapter cable has a female 15 pin D-sub connection and a male SMC connection. The cable adapts the PDXC2 controller's male 15-pin D-sub port to the SMC termination of the PD1(/M), PD1D(/M), PD1V(/M) 20 mm stages, or PDR1C(/M) rotation stage

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PDXC2AD Support Documentation
PDXC2ADAdapter Cable for PDXC2, 1 m, DB15 Female to SMC Male
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Piezo Inertia Stage Extension Cable


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DB15 Male to DB15 Female

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The PDXCE extension cable can connect the PD2(/M) 5 mm, PDX2(/M) 5 mm, PDX1(/M) 20 mm, PD3(/M) 50 mm linear piezo inertia stages or the PDXR1(/M) rotation stage to the PDXC or PDXC2 Inertia Stage Controller. The cable provides 3000 mm (118.11") or extra length to make the setup easier to organize.

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PDXCE Support Documentation
PDXCEExtension Cable for ORIC® Piezo Stages with a D-Sub Connector, 3.0 m, DB15 Male to DB15 Female
$71.40
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