Polaris® Low-Distortion Kinematic Mirror Mounts for Ø1.5" Optics


  • Matched Actuator/Body Pairs Minimize Drift and Backlash
  • Heat Treating Minimizes Temperature-Dependent Hysteresis
  • Face Mount Reduces Distortion of the Optic
  • Sapphire Seats Ensure Long-Term Stability

POLARIS-K15F4

Low-Distortion
Ø1.5" Optic Mount
2 Hex Adjusters

US Patent 9,599,786

Application Idea

Ø1.5" Mount with POLARIS‑N5 Removable Adjuster Knobs on a Ø1" Post for Polaris Mounts

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POLARIS-K15F4 Cut-Away Diagram
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POLARIS-K15F4 Ø1.5" Mount Cutaway Diagram
Optic Retention Spring with Indexing Tab
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Spring with Indexing Tab

Features

  • Machined from Stress-Relieved Stainless Steel with Matched Coefficients of Thermal Expansion (CTE)
  • Spring-Loaded, Indexed, Three-Point-Contact Plate Secures Optic
  • Hardened Stainless Steel Ball Contacts with Sapphire Seats for Durability and Smooth Movement
  • Matched Actuator/Body Pairs Provide Smooth Kinematic Adjustment
  • Extensive Testing Guarantees Less than 2 µrad Deviation after Temperature Cycling (See Thermal Test Data Tab for Details)
  • Passivated Stainless Steel Surface Ideal for Vacuum and High-Power Laser Cavity Applications
  • Custom Mount Configurations are Available by Contacting Tech Support

Polaris® Low-Distortion Kinematic Mirror Mounts (US Patent 9,599,786) provide long-term pointing stability while minimizing optic surface distortion introduced by the mount. The mount featured on this page is designed for Ø1.5" optics; other sizes of Polaris low-distortion mounts available from stock are listed in the table to the lower right.

Optic Retention
This mount features a three-point-contact faceplate to mount the optic to reduce optical distortion compared to standard setscrew or retaining ring optic mount designs. An indexed retention spring between the optic and retaining ring eliminates bending moments on the optic and ensures the force on the optic remains constant over large temperature changes. See the Low Distortion tab and the Optic Installation tab for more details.

Polaris Low-Distortion Mounts
Ø1/2"
Ø19 mm
Ø25 mm
Ø1"
Ø1.5"
Ø50 mm
Ø2"
Ø4"
Ø6"

Polaris optic bores are precision machined to achieve a fit that will provide optimum beam pointing stability performance over changing environmental conditions such as temperature changes, transportation shock, and vibration. Each mount is designed to be used with a Ø1.5" optic that is within +0/-0.005" of the specified diameter; using an optic outside of this range will lead to diminished performance. For inquiries about mounts for other optic sizes, please contact Tech Support.

Design
Machined from heat-treated stainless steel, Polaris mounts utilize precision-matched adjusters with ball contacts and sapphire seats to provide smooth kinematic adjustment. As shown on the Thermal Test Data tab, these mounts have undergone extensive testing to ensure high-quality performance. The Polaris design addresses all of the common causes of beam misalignment; please refer to the Design Features tab for detailed information.

Post Mounting
This Polaris mirror mount is equipped with #8 (M4) counterbores for post mounting. The Ø2 mm alignment pin holes around each mounting counterbore allow for precision alignments when paired with our posts for Polaris mirror mounts. See the Usage Tips tab for more recommendations about mounting configurations.

Cleanroom and Vacuum Compatibility
All Polaris mounts, retaining rings, lock nuts, and locking collars sold on this page are designed to be compatible with cleanroom and vacuum applications. See the Specs tab and the Design Features tab for more information.

Item # POLARIS-K15F4
Optic Sizea Ø1.5"
Optic Thickness 0.14" (3.5 mm) Min
0.47" (12.0 mm) Maxb
Transmissive Clear Aperture Ø1.35" (Ø34.3 mm)b
Number of Adjusters Two
Adjuster Drive 5/64" (2 mm) Hex,
Ø0.07" Side Adjustment Holes
Adjuster Pitch 100 TPI Matched Actuator/Body Pairs
Measured Point-to-Point
Mechanical Resolution per Adjuster
5 µrad (Typical); 2 µrad (Achievable)
Measured Adjuster Lock
Mechanical Resolution per Adjusterc
5 µrad (Typical); 2 µrad (Achievable)
Resolutiond ~5.5 mrad/rev
Mechanical Angular Range (Nominal) ±3°
Beam Deviation After Thermal Cycling <2 µrade
Recommended Turns Backf 1.0 - 2.0
Mountingg Two #8 (M4) Counterbores
Alignment Pin Holesh Two at Each Counterbore
Vacuum Compatibilityi 10-9 Torr at 25 °C with Proper Bake Out; 10-5 Torr at 25 °C without Bake Out
Grease Vapor Pressure: 10-13 Torr at 20 °C ,10-5 Torr at 200 °C
Epoxy Meets Low Outgassing Standards NASA ASTM E595, Telcordia GR-1221
Operating Temperature Range -30 to 200 °C
  • For best performance, use optics with a diameter tolerance of up to +0/-0.005".
  • When mounted using the included optic retention spring and the included retaining ring.
  • When the POLARIS-LN1 lock nuts are used
  • When the front plate is parallel to the back plate.
  • After 12.5 °C temperature cycle, the beam returns to within 2 μrad of its original position for a Polaris mount on a Ø1" post and a 2" beam height. Please see the Test Data tab for more details.
  • For details on optic installation, please refer to the Optic Installation tab.
  • This mount comes with standard 8-32 and M4 cap screws.
  • Standard DIN 7-m6 ground dowel pins are recommended. The recommended tolerance for the location of the mating dowel pin holes and threaded mounting hole is ±0.003".
  • These mounts are vacuum compatible, assembled in a clean environment, chemically cleaned using the Carpenter AAA passivation method to remove sulfur, iron, and contaminants from the surface, and double vacuum bagged. The 8-32 and M4 cap screws included with the Polaris mounts are not rated for pressures below 10-5 Torr. Prior to placing any components in a sensitive vacuum system, a thorough pre-baking in a bake-out oven should be performed to remove all moisture and surface volatiles. Contact techsupport@thorlabs.com for details.

Installing an Optic into a Polaris® Low-Distortion Mount

Ensure that there is no grease, dirt, or dust in the optic bore or on the optic itself. Remove any particulates with clean compressed air and/or clean with methanol, acetone, or ethanol. The optic, indexed retention spring, and retaining ring are installed from the back of the mount, as shown in the animation to the right. Be sure the index tab is in the key way and touching the retaining ring; reversing the retention spring orientation will result in greater distortion of the optic. Gently turn the retaining ring using a spanner wrench until the optic makes contact with the three fingers on the faceplate. For this Ø1.5" mount, the SPW608 spanner wrench may be used.

Securing an Optic by Turning Back the Retaining Ring
Continue to tighten until the spring is fully compressed into the pocket of the retaining ring, at which point the retaining ring will make slight contact with the back of the optic. Loosen the retaining ring by 1 to 2 turns so that the spring pressure alone holds the optic in place. This will put the appropriate force on the optic, resulting in an additional distortion of a few hundredths of a wave for a mounted optic compared to the optic in its unmounted state, as shown in the graph below.

Securing an Optic with a Torque Driver
Alternatively, the TD24 Torque Driver along with an SPB1.5 Spanner Bit can be used to apply the appropriate torque to the retaining ring when screwing it into the mount. The torque applied to the retaining ring translates to a force applied to the optic; this mounting process imparts a sufficient mounting force while minimizing the optic distortion. While the results when using a torque driver can be similar to that of loosening the retaining ring, it can be easy to over- or underestimate the amount of torque needed. This can result in securing the optic in the mount too loosely or too tightly, either of which will have a negative effect on the mount’s performance. The retaining ring will contact the optic above 30 oz-in.

Optic Distortion
The graph below shows the effect of varying the amount of turns of the optic retaining ring on the surface of a 12 mm thick mirror mounted in a Ø1.5" Polaris mount. The shaded region illustrates the acceptable range of turns back. Minimal turns back should be used for setups that will be exposed to vibrations, while stationary setups may be able to accommodate more turns back. All flatness measurements are taken with a ZYGO interferometer, which uses a 633 nm beam. Please see the Low Distortion tab for more information on optic face distortion as a result of torque.

Low Distortion Mount Mirror Flatness
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The data above shows the optic distortion for a 12 mm thick mirror mounted in the POLARIS-K15F4 mount. The dashed line indicates 0.10λ for reference. A range of one to two turns back from optic contact is suggested for secure mounting with minimal additional distortion caused by the mount. However, this can vary based on the application.

Optic Installation
The animation above shows the mounting of an optic in a Ø1" low-distortion mount. To mount an optic in our Ø1.5" low-distortion mount, follow the same procedure; however, turn the retaining back 1 to 2 turns, rather than the 0.6 turn shown.

Simulation Results for a POLARIS-K1F Ø1" Low-Distortion Mount

Mounting stresses are responsible for the strain on an optic that results in optic distortion. Minimizing distortion effects is crucial; any distortion to the optic is transmitted to the light that is reflected from it.

Placing the 3-point mounting forces perpendicular to the face of the optic and indexing them directly opposite each other minimizes bending moments on the optic, thus reducing optic distortion. Typical 360° face mounts and side-located setscrew mounts create bending moments that cause optic distortion as seen in the drawings below. Spring loading the optic allows one to gradually tune the retention force, dampening stresses caused by temperature changes, and it provides a soft means of compensating for variances in manufacturing that can further produce stress on the optic. The finite element analysis results shown below show the displacement, stress, and strain applied to the optic for 20 oz-in of torque applied to the retaining ring of our POLARIS-K1F mount and 10 oz-in of torque applied to the setscrew of the equivalent standard setscrew mount. The POLARIS-K15F4 Ø1.5" mount also has a similar design and therefore will show similar performance to the POLARIS-K1F Ø1" mount.

POLARIS-K1F Optic Strain ISO View
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Strain Experienced by a Ø1" Mirror Installed in the POLARIS-K1F Mount
Comparison of Optic Stress when Mounted in one of two POLARIS-K1F6 Mounts
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Results of finite element analysis comparing the displacement experienced by a Ø1" mirror installed in a POLARIS-K1F mount with 20 oz⋅in of torque applied to the retaining ring (left) to the same optic installed in an equivalent standard setscrew mount with 10 oz⋅in of torque applied to the setscrew (right). Note: the magnitude of the worst distortion of the Polaris mount is less than the smallest distortion on the standard mount, even though the false color map utilizes the same hue.

 

Optical Distortion Testing Using a ZYGO Phase-Shifting Interferometer

POLARIS-K15F4 Wavefront Distortion Test Results
# of Turns Back the
Retaining Ring was Loosened
Wavefront Distortion
(Peak to Valley)a
1/4 Turn 0.128λ
1/2 Turn 0.118λ
3/4 Turn 0.102λ
1 Turn 0.103λ
1.25 Turns 0.082λ
1.5 Turns 0.093λ
1.75 Turns 0.094λ
2 Turns 0.088λ
  • The Zygo interferometer aperture outer diameter was set to 90% for these measurements.

Procedure
A custom Ø1.5" broadband dielectric mirror was installed into a POLARIS-K15F4 Low-Distortion Kinematic Mount using the procedure detailed in the Optic Installation tab; that is, the retaining ring was tightened until the spring was fully compressed, and then the retaining ring was loosened incrementally. The mount was then secured to a Ø1" stainless steel post using an 8-32 cap screw tightened to a torque of 16 in-lb. Results of each measurement are provided in the table to the right.

Results
As seen in the images below, the wavefront distortion was found on average to remain at or below 0.103λ within the range of recommended turns back.

POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back a 1/4 Turn
POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back a 1/2 Turn
POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back a 3/4 Turn
POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back 1 Turn
POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back 1.25 Turns
POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back 1.5 Turns
POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back 1.75 Turns
POLARIS-K1F6 Optic Distortion
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Retaining Ring Turned Back 2 Turns

Positional Repeatability After Thermal Shock

This testing was done to determine how reliably the mount returns the mirror, without hysteresis, to its initial position so that the alignment of the optical system is unaffected by the temperature shock. During the testing phase, the Polaris kinematic mirror mount was attached to a Ø1" stainless steel post secured to a stainless steel optical breadboard in a temperature-controlled environment. Each mount was secured to the post by an 8-32 cap screw with 16 in-lb of torque. The mirror was mounted (not glued) in the mirror mount, and the retaining ring was backed out 1.5 turns from optic contact. The beam from an independently temperature-stabilized diode laser was reflected off the mirror’s surface onto a position sensing detector.

Procedure:
Each mirror mount tested was heated, and the elevated temperature was maintained in order to soak the mount at a constant temperature. Then the temperature of the mirror mount was returned to the starting temperature. The results of these tests are shown below.

Results:
As can be seen in the plots in the expandable tables below, when the Polaris low-distortion mounts were returned to the initial temperature, the angular position (both pitch and yaw) of the mirrors returned to within 2 µrad of the initial position. The performance of the Polaris mounts was tested further by subjecting each mount to repeated temperature change cycles. After each cycle, the mirror’s position reliably returned to within 2 µrad of its initial position.

For Comparison:
To get a 1 µrad change in the mount’s position, the 100 TPI adjuster on the POLARIS-K1F mount needs to be rotated by only 0.05° (1/7200 of a turn). A highly skilled operator might be able to make an adjustment as small as 0.3° (1/1200 of a turn), which corresponds to 6 µrad.

Thermal Test Data

Polaris-K1F Thermal Repeatability
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2-Adjuster Low-Distortion Mount
Polaris-K1F Thermal Repeatability
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The plot above shows the final angular position of the POLARIS-K15F4 for 11 consecutive thermal shock tests. The change in temperature is the difference between the starting temperature and the temperature at the end of the test and includes factors such as the variation in room temperature.

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Design Features of the Ø1.5" Polaris Low-Distortion Mount

Several common factors typically lead to beam misalignment in an optical setup. These include temperature-induced hysteresis of the mirror's position, crosstalk, drift, and backlash. Polaris mirror mounts are designed specifically to minimize these misalignment factors and thus provide extremely stable performance. Hours of extensive research, multiple design efforts using sophisticated design tools such as finite element analysis software, and months of rigorous testing went into choosing the best components to provide an ideal solution for experiments requiring ultra-stable performance from a kinematic mirror mount.

Thermal Hysteresis
The temperature in most labs is not constant due to factors such as air conditioning, the number of people in the room, and the operating states of equipment. Thus, it is necessary that all mounts used in an alignment-sensitive optical setup be designed to minimize any thermally induced alignment effects. Thermal effects can be minimized by choosing materials with a low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), like stainless steel. However, even mounts made from a material with a low CTE do not typically return the mirror to its initial position when the initial temperature is restored. All the critical components of this Ø1.5" Polaris low-distortion mirror mount are heat treated prior to assembly since this process removes internal stresses that can cause a temperature-dependent hysteresis. As a result, the alignment of the optical system will be restored when the temperature of the mirror mount is returned to the initial temperature.

The method by which the mirror is secured in the mount is another important design factor; this Polaris mount offers excellent performance without the use of adhesives. Instead, it has a three-point-contact faceplate, an indexed retention spring, and a stainless steel retaining ring that hold the optic in place. This design minimizes distortion on the optic surface while maintaining beam pointing stability.

Crosstalk
Crosstalk is minimized by carefully controlling the dimensional tolerances of the front and back plates of the mount so that the pitch and yaw actuators are orthogonal. In addition, sapphire seats are used at all three contact points. Standard metal-to-metal actuator contact points will wear down over time. The polished sapphire seats of the Polaris mounts, in conjunction with the hardened stainless steel actuator tips, maintain the integrity of the contact surfaces over time.

Drift and Backlash
In order to minimize the positional drift of the mirror mount and backlash, it is necessary to limit the amount of play in the adjuster as well as the amount of lubricant used. When an adjustment is made to the actuator, the lubricant will be squeezed out of some spaces and built up in others. This non-equilibrium distribution of lubricant will slowly relax back into an equilibrium state. However, in doing so, this may cause the position of the front plate of the mount to move. The Polaris mounts use adjusters matched to the body that exceed all industry standards so very little adjuster lubricant is needed. These adjusters have a smooth feel that allows the user to make small, repeatable adjustments.

Cleanroom and Vacuum Compatibility
All Polaris mounts sold on this page are designed to be compatible with cleanroom and vacuum applications. They are chemically cleaned using the Carpenter AAA passivation method to remove sulfur, iron, and contaminants from the surface. After passivation, they are assembled in a clean environment and then double vacuum bagged to eliminate contamination when transported into a cleanroom.

Double Vacuum Bagging for Polaris Mounts
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Polaris Mounts are Shipped Inside Two Vacuum Bag Layers

The sapphire contacts are bonded into place using a NASA-approved low outgassing procedure. In addition, DuPont LVP High-Vacuum (Krytox) Grease, an ultra-high vacuum compatible, low outgassing PTFE grease, is applied to the adjusters. These features provide high vacuum compatibility and low outgassing performance. When operating at pressures below 10-5 Torr, we highly recommend using an appropriate bake out procedure prior to installing the mount in order to minimize contamination caused by outgassing. Please note that the 8-32 and M4 cap screws included with the Polaris mounts are not rated for pressures below 10-5 Torr.

Cleanroom-Compatible Packaging
Each vacuum-compatible Polaris mount is packaged within two vacuum bag layers after assembly in a clean environment, as seen in the image to the right. The vacuum-tight fit of the bags stabilizes the mount, limiting translation of the front plate due to shocks during transportation. The tight fit also minimizes rubbing against the bag, preventing the introduction of bag material shavings that would contaminate the clean mount.

In the vacuum-sealing process, moisture-containing air is drawn out of the packaging. This eliminates unwanted reactions on the surface of the mount without the need for desiccant materials. The vacuum bags protect the mount from contamination by air or dust during transport and storage, and the double-vacuum bag configuration allows for a straightforward and effective cleanroom entry procedure. The outer bag can be removed outside of the cleanroom, allowing the contaminant-free inner bag to be placed into a clean container and transferred into the cleanroom while retaining the benefits of vacuum-bag packaging. Inside the cleanroom, the mount can be removed from the inner bag when ready for use.

POLARIS-K05FC Mounted on a Stainless Steel Post
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POLARIS-K15F4 Mount on a Ø1" Stainless Steel Pedestal Post

Polaris kinematic mirror mounts are specifically designed to provide excellent performance under thermal changes and vibrations. Below are some usage tips to ensure that the mount provides optimal performance.

Match Materials
Due to its relatively low coefficient of thermal expansion, stainless steel was chosen as the material from which to fabricate the front and back plates of the Polaris mounts. When mounting, we recommend using components fabricated from the same material, such as our Ø1" stainless steel posts.

Mounting Options
If post mounting a Polaris mount, we recommend using a stainless steel post such as our Ø1" stainless steel posts or Ø1" post extensions with our POLARIS-CA1 Clamping Arm. By choosing components fabricated from the same material as the mount itself, all expansions and contractions will occur at the same rate. In addition, it is best to use the shortest post possible. Alternatively, mount the Polaris directly onto a flat surface such as a breadboard using a 1/4"-20 to 8-32 thread adapter (Item # AE8E25E) or M6 to M4 thread adapter (Item # AE4M6M), which results in even better performance. Ensure that the mounting surface is highly flat, polished, and free of debris or scratches.

To install the POLARIS-LN1 lock nut without cross threading, gently place the lock nut against the end of the adjuster. "Unscrew" the nut until the threads of the nut and the adjuster align before threading the nut onto the adjuster.

Mount Alignment
During alignment, minimized deflection will be achieved if the mount's front plate is kept parallel to the back plate. This ensures even thermal expansion of all the adjustment screws, causing the mounted mirror to translate in the Z direction as opposed to rotating during temperature changes.

Front Plate’s Position
Although the mount is designed to allow adjustments of up to 6°, to achieve the best performance, it is recommended that the front plate be kept as parallel as possible to the back plate. This ensures the highest stability of the adjustments.

Polish and Clean the Points of Contact
We highly recommend that the points of contact between the mount and the post, as well as the post and the table, are clean and free of scratches or defects. For best results, we recommend using a polishing stone to clean the table’s surface and a polishing pad for the top and bottom of the post as well as the bottom of the mount.

Not Recommended
We do not recommend taking the adjusters out of the body, as this can introduce contamination to the threading, which can consequently reduce the fine adjustment performance significantly. Also, do not pull the front plate away as it might stretch the springs beyond their operating range or crack the sapphire seats. Finally, do not over tighten the retaining ring that secures the indexed spring that holds the optic in place; only slight force is required to secure the optic in place. For more information, please see the Low Distortion tab. Do not adjust or remove the spring-loaded ball contact in the faceplate; the correct position is set at the factory.

Adjuster Lock Nuts
The POLARIS-K15F4 low distortion mount is compatible with the POLARIS-LN1 lock nut, which is available separately below. The beam can be held on target with the adjuster thumbscrew or hex key while lightly tightening the lock nut by hand or with a thin-head wrench or cone wrench. For applications that require frequent tuning of the adjusters, the lock nuts only need to be lightly tightened by hand to a torque of approximately 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m). If long term stability is required, the torque wrench sold below can be used to apply the appropriate amount of torque to each lock nut (see the table below for torque values). To avoid cross threading the lock nut, place it against the adjuster and "unscrew" the lock nut until you feel a slight drop; then thread the lock nut onto the adjuster. Each lock nut is pre-greased with the same ultra-high-vacuum-compatible, low-outgassing PTFE grease as the Polaris mounts and has been tested for adjuster fit.

Low Incident Angles
The recessed edge of our Polaris Low-Distortion Mounts make them ideal for applications requiring low angles of incidence. The illustration to the right shows two Polaris Low-Distortion Mounts with Ø1/2" mirrors (green) used at a near-normal incident angle.


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If your application requires an optic mount design that is not available below, please contact Tech Support.

Thorlabs offers several different general varieties of Polaris mounts, including kinematic side optic retention, SM-threaded, low optic distortion, piezo-actuated, vertical drive, and glue-in optic mounts, a fixed monolithic mirror mount and fixed optic mounts, an XY translation mount, 5-axis kinematic mount, and a kinematic platform mount. Refer to the tables below for our complete line of Polaris mounts, grouped by mount type, optic bore size, and then arranged by optic retention method and adjuster type (or intended application in the case of fixed mounts). We also offer a line of accessories that have been specifically designed for use with our Polaris mounts; these are listed in the table to the lower right. Note that the tables below list Item # suffixes that omit the "POLARIS" prefix for brevity. Click the photos below for details.

Polaris Mount Optic Retention Methods
Side Lock SM Threaded Low Distortion Glue-In
Polaris Mount Adjuster Types
Side Hole Hex Adjuster Knobs Adjuster
Lock Nuts
Piezo Adjusters Vertical-Drive Adjusters
Polaris Kinematic Mounts for Round Optics
Optic Retention Method Side Lock SM Threaded Low Distortion Glue-In
Ø1/2" Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters - - - -K05C4
-K05G4
2 Hex Adjusters -K05S1 -K05T1 -K05F1 -
2 Adjusters with Lock Nuts -K05S2 -K05T2 -K05F2 -
2 Piezoelectric Adjusters -K05P2 - - -
3 Hex Adjusters -K05 - - -
3 Adjusters with Lock Nuts - -K05T6 -K05F6 -
Ø19 mm (3/4") Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters -K19S4 - -K19F4/M -K19G4
Ø25 mm Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters -K25S4/M - -K25F4/M -
Ø1" Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters -K1S4 - - -K1C4
-K1G4
2 Hex Adjusters -K1E2
-K1-2AH
-K1T2 -K1F2 -
2 Adjuster Knobs - -K1T1 -K1F1 -
2 Piezoelectric Adjusters -K1S2P - - -
2 Vertical Adjusters -K1VS2
-K1VS2L
- - -
3 Side Hole Adjuster -K1S5 - - -
3 Hex Adjusters -K1E3
-K1-H
-K1T3 - -
3 Adjuster Knobs -K1E
-K1
-K1T -K1F -
3 Piezoelectric Adjusters -K1S3P - - -
3 Adjuster Knobs (Tip/Tilt/Z) &
2 Hex Adjusters (X/Y)
- -K1XY - -
Optic Retention Method Side Lock SM Threaded Low Distortion Glue-In
Ø1.5" Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters -K15S4 - -K15F4 -
2 Vertical Adjusters -K15VS2
-K15VS2L
- - -
3 Adjuster Knobs (Tip/Tilt/Z) &
2 Hex Adjusters (X/Y)
- -K15XY - -
Ø50 mm Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters -K50S4/M - -K50F4/M -
Ø2" Optics
2 Hex Adjusters -K2S2 -K2T2 -K2F2 -
2 Adjuster Knobs -K2S1 -K2T1 -K2F1 -
2 Piezoelectric Adjusters -K2S2P - - -
2 Vertical Adjusters -K2VS2
-K2VS2L
- - -
3 Hex Adjusters -K2S3 -K2T3 -K2F3 -
3 Adjuster Knobs -K2 -K2T -K2F -
Ø3" Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters -K3S4 - - -
3 Side Hole Adjusters -K3S5 - - -
Ø4" Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters - - -K4F4 -
Ø6" Optics
2 Side Hole Adjusters - - -K6F4 -
Polaris XY Translation Mounts for Round Optics
Optic Retention Method SM Threaded Representative Photos
Ø1" Optics

2 Hex Adjusters (X/Y) -1XY
3 Adjuster Knobs (Tip/Tilt/Z) &
2 Hex Adjusters (X/Y)
-K1XY
Ø1.5" Optics
2 Hex Adjusters (X/Y) &
3 Adjuster Knobs (Tip/Tilt/Z)
-K15XY
Polaris Fixed Mounts for Round Optics
Optic Retention Method Side Lock Glue-In Representative Photos
Ø1/2" Optics



Optimized for Mirrors - -C05G
Optimized for Beamsplitters -B05S -B05G
Optimized for Lenses - -L05G
Ø19 mm (3/4") Optics
Optimized for Mirrors -19S50/M -
Ø1" Optics
Optimized for Mirrors - -C1G
Optimized for Beamsplitters -B1S -B1G
Optimized for Lenses - -L1G
Ø2" Optics
Optimized for Mirrors - -C2G
Optimized for Beamsplitters -B2S -
Polaris Kinematic 1.8" x 1.8" Platform Mount
Optomech Retention Method Tapped Holes &
Counterbores
2 Adjuster Knobs -K1M4(/M)
Accessories for Polaris Mounts
Description Representative Photos
Ø1" Posts for Polaris Mounts
Polaris Non-Bridging Clamping Arms
Polaris 45° Mounting Adapter

Ø1.5" Polaris Low-Distortion Kinematic Mount, 2 Adjusters

Low Optic Distortion Mirror Mount
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Two dowel pin holes on either side of the #8 counterbore are visible on the side of the mount. Also visible are the through holes on the actuator.
  • 2-Adjuster Low-Distortion Mount Designed for Ø1.5" Opticsa
  • Hex-Driven Adjusters with Side Holes
  • 100 TPI Matched Actuator / Body Pairs
  • All-Stainless-Steel, Matched CTE Construction

This 2-adjuster Ø1.5" Polaris Low-Distortion Mirror Mount is designed to minimize optic distortion and provide long-term stability. This mount is equipped with a three-point-contact faceplate to mount the optic. The indexed optic retention spring makes contact with the optic at three locations, while the retaining ring has a calibrated adjustment stop to assist in providing the correct mounting torque. See the Optic Installation and Low Distortion tabs above for details. One of the three contact points of the faceplate incorporates a spring-loaded ball contact that aids in further reducing optic distortion; this is pictured in yellow in the cutaway diagram at the top of the Overview tab. Please note that this ball contact is factory set and it should not be adjusted or removed.

The POLARIS-K15F4 kinematic mirror mount is sold with one indexed optic retention spring (Item # POLARIS-K15WS) and one retaining ring (Item # POLARIS-SM15RRS55). These items are also available below for purchase separately should replacements be required.

The 2-adjuster design of this mount improves stability by limiting the available degrees of freedom for movement. The 100 TPI adjusters feature two Ø0.07" through holes that allow for actuation from the side using our precision-fit SA1 Side Hole Adjustment Tool or a 1/16" (1.5 mm) balldriver or hex key. For details, see the PDF drawing by clicking on the Docs icon (info icon) below. Each adjuster also has a 2.0 mm (5/64") hex and may be adjusted with the hex at the back end of the SA1 tool's handle, our HKTS-5/64 Hex Key Thumbscrews (sold below), or any other 2.0 mm (5/64") hex wrench. Alternatively, POLARIS-N5 removable, low-profile adjustment knobs (sold separately) can be threaded onto the adjusters; note that the removable knobs will block the adjuster side holes but not the hex.

The adjusters can be locked using POLARIS-LN1 lock nut or POLARIS-LNS1 locking collar, available below. The beam can be held on target with an adjuster thumbscrew or hex key while lightly tightening the lock nut or locking collar by hand. Alternatively, a 13 mm hex open-ended wrench may be used for the POLARIS-LN1 lock nut, and a POLARIS-T2 spanner wrench may be used to tighten the POLARIS-LNS1 locking collar (see below for details). For applications that require frequent tuning of the adjusters, the lock nut or locking collar only needs to be lightly tightened to a torque of approximately 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m). For long term stability, we recommend tightening to a torque of 32 oz-in, which can be achieved by using our TW13 preset torque wrench (sold below).

a. Please note that these mounts are designed for Ø1.5" optics with a tolerance of +0/-0.005". To order custom Ø1.5" optics, please contac Tech Support.

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POLARIS-K15F4Polaris® Low Distortion Ø1.5" Mirror Mount, 2 Hex Adjusters with Side Holes
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POLARIS-SM15RRS55Replacement Retaining Ring with 0.055" (1.397 mm) Adj. Stop for POLARIS-K15F4
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Removable Knob for 1/4"-100 Adjusters


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POLARIS-K1C4 Mount with Optic and Optional POLARIS-N5 Removable Knobs
  • For Convenient Adjustment of 1/4"-100 Adjusters
  • Attaches Directly to Adjuster Threading
  • Sold Individually

The Polaris® Removable Knobs for 1/4"-100 Adjusters allows the user to adjust a Polaris kinematic mirror mount by hand. The knobs can be used with select Polaris mounts, listed in the table to the right. Note that when the knobs are used with any of these mounts, they will block the side through holes on the adjuster. The adjuster screw's 5/64" (2 mm) hex socket is still usable when the knobs are attached.

The knobs are made from chemically cleaned and heat-treated 303 stainless steel that provides vacuum compatibility down to 10-9 Torr at 25 °C with proper bake out (10-5 Torr at 25 °C without bake out).

POLARIS-K1C4 and POLARIS-K1S4 Mounts purchased before September 21, 2016 cannot be used with the POLARIS-N5 Removable Knobs sold here. To order compatible knobs, please contact Tech Support.
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5/64" Hex Key Adjusters

POLARIS-K12AH with HKTS-5/64 Adjuster
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POLARIS-K1-2AH with HKTS-5/64 Adjuster
  • For Convenient Adjustment of 5/64" and 2 mm Hex-Driven Actuators
  • Red Anodized Adjustment Knob with Engraved Hex Size
  • Replaceable Hex Tip
  • Sold in Packages of 4

These 5/64" Hex Key Adjuster Thumbscrews allow for quick adjustment of many 5/64" and 2 mm hex-driven actuators (or standard actuators with the knobs removed). These temporary knobs can be left in the screw's hex socket between adjustments for convenience (see photo to the right). An 8-32 setscrew (5/64" hex) secures the replaceable hex bit, which can be reversed if the tip is stripped. Contact Tech Support to order replacement hex key bits.

We offer hex key thumbscrews in sizes from 0.050" to 3/16" and 2 mm to 5 mm.

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Side Hole Adjustment Tool for Polaris® Mounts


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The SA1 tool can be used to adjust a POLARIS-K1S4 mount using the side holes (left) or rear hex (right).
  • Ø0.07" Precision-Fit Tip for Side Holes on Polaris Adjusters
  • 5/64" (2.0 mm) Hex on Handle
  • Magnetic, Chemically Cleaned Stainless Steel

The Side Hole Adjustment Tool features a Ø0.07" precision-fit tip designed for Polaris mounts with side hole adjusters. The handle features a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex allowing the SA1 to act as a small knob, and the central nut is compatible with a 6.0 mm wrench allowing for a longer lever arm. The precision-fit tip minimizes backlash during adjustments and the depth stop allows the tool to rest securely in a side hole between adjustments. On Ø25 mm mirror mounts and larger, the 1.62" length allows the tool to adjust the actuator 360° without interfering with the other adjuster on the back of the mount.

The SA1 is made of chemically cleaned, hardened, super alloy stainless steel for durability and compatibility with clean environments. The tool is also magnetic allowing it to be easily retrieved from tight or sensitive setups using a magnet.

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1/4"-100 Adjuster Lock Nut

To install a lock nut without cross threading, gently place the lock nut against the end of the adjuster. "Unscrew" the nut until the threads of the nut and the adjuster align before threading the nut onto the adjuster. This animation shows the installation of a POLARIS-LN1 lock nut on a POLARIS-K1F1 low distortion mount.

  • Provides Long Term Adjuster Stability
  • Compatible with Select Polaris Mounts
  • Internal 1/4"-100 Threading
  • External 13 mm Hex

The POLARIS-LN1 Lock Nut is designed for use with Polaris kinematic mounts that have 1/4"-100 adjusters in applications that require long-term adjuster stability or setups that are exposed to shock and vibration; note that the lock nut should not be used with low-profile or vertical drive adjuster mounts. This lock nut is pre-greased with the same ultra-high-vacuum-compatible, low-outgassing PTFE grease as the Polaris mounts and has been tested for adjuster fit.

For applications that require frequent tuning of the adjusters, this lock nut only needs to be lightly tightened by hand to a torque of approximately 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m). If long term stability is required, the TW13 torque wrench below can be used to apply 32 oz-in (0.23 N·m) of torque to each lock nut. To avoid cross threading the lock nut, place it against the adjuster and "unscrew" the lock nut until you feel a slight drop; then thread the lock nut onto the adjuster.

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1/4"-100 Adjuster Locking Collar for Polaris® Mounts

  • Provides Long Term Adjuster Stability
  • Compatible with Select Polaris Mounts
  • Low Profile: Ø0.33" (Ø8.4 mm) x 0.08" (1.9 mm) Thick
  • Tighten Along Rotational Axis Using the POLARIS-T2 Spanner Wrench

This locking collar is compatible with Polaris mounts that have 1/4"-100 adjusters, excluding the piezo-driven mounts and mounts with low-profile adjusters (Item #s POLARIS-K1-H, POLARIS-K1-2AH, POLARIS-K1E3, and POLARIS-K1E2). Designed for long-term adjuster stability or applications that are exposed to shock and vibration, these locking collars are pre-greased with the same ultra-high-vacuum-compatible, low-outgassing PTFE grease as the Polaris mounts and have been tested for adjuster fit.

The POLARIS-T2 spanner wrench has been specifically designed for use in securing the POLARIS-LNS1 locking collar. The double spanner head enables complete engagement while the design allows locking collar adjustments to be along the same line as the adjuster itself. A center through hole allows a 2 mm ball driver to pass through the spanner wrench, so that the adjuster can be held in position while the locking collar is engaged.

For applications that require frequent tuning of the adjusters, the locking collar only needs to be lightly tightened to a torque of approximately 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m). For long term stability, we recommend tightening to a torque of 32 oz-in, which can be achieved by using our TW13 preset torque wrench (sold below) in combination with the POLARIS-T2 spanner wrench. To avoid cross threading the locking collar, place it against the adjuster and "unscrew" the collar until you feel a slight drop; then thread the collar onto the adjuster.

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POLARIS-LNS11/4"-100 Locking Collar, Stainless Steel
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Torque Wrenches for Polaris Lock Nuts

Coaxial Connector Wrench
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TW13 Torque Wrench Used to Secure POLARIS-LN1 Lock Nut on POLARIS-K2F2 Mirror Mount
Coaxial Connector Wrench
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Each wrench is engraved with its preset torque value and Item #.
  • Preset 32 oz-in Wrench for POLARIS-LN1 Lock Nut and POLARIS-T2 Spanner Wrench, as well as POLARIS-LN4 Lock Nut
  • Break-Over Design Ensures Proper Torque is Applied
  • Ideal for Applications Requiring Long-Term Locking
  • Hex Size: 13 mm

This torque wrench has a preset torque value to secure the lock nuts on Polaris mounts for long-term locking; see the table below for specifications. When the preset torque value has been achieved, the break-over design will cause the pivoting joint to "break," as shown to the right. The wrench's hex head will move back into place once the force is removed. This design prevents further force from being applied to the lock nut. Engraved guidelines indicate the angle the wrench should pivot in order to apply the specified torque; pivoting the handle past these guidelines will over-torque the lock nut. Each wrench is also engraved with its preset torque value, torque direction, wrench size, and Item # for easy identification in the field.

This wrench is designed to be compatible with cleanroom and vacuum chamber applications. It is chemically cleaned using the Carpenter AAA passivation method to remove sulfur, iron, and contaminants from the surface. After passivation, it is assembled in a clean environment and double vacuum bagged to eliminate contamination when transported into a cleanroom. Finally, it is bead blasted to minimize reflections when working with setups that include lasers.

Please note that this wrench is not intended for use in applications where adjusters are frequently tuned, as these applications typically require torque values of 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m).

Item # Torque Torque Accuracy Hex Compatible Item #s
TW13 32 oz-in (0.23 N•m) ±1.92 oz-in (0.014 N•m) 13 mm POLARIS-LN1, POLARIS-T2, POLARIS-LN4
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