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Kinematic Platform Mounts
Pitch Adjuster for Fixed Optic Mounts
KM100PM Shown in the Right-Handed Configuration with a PM3 Clamping Arm and PS610 Prism
#8 and M3 Through Holes for Mounting Wavefront Sensors
Glue-In Mount for 5 mm Cube Optics
6-32 Taps, 8-32 Taps,
6-32 and 4-40 Taps
Thorlabs offers kinematic platform mounts for prisms, wavefront sensors, small optics, and fixed optic mounts. The mounts feature one, two, or three axes of ±3° or ±4° tip/tilt adjustment.
Platform and prism mounts have two axes of adjustment and each feature a mounting platform with 6-32 (M4) taps to mount our PM3(/M) and PM4(/M) Clamping Arms. The back plate of each of these mounts has either #8 (M4) through holes or 8-32 (M4) taps for mounting to a Ø1/2" post. Platform mounts provide a large mounting area and a beam path unobstructed by kinematic adjusters. Prism mounts are more compact and can be configured in left- or right-handed orientations by repositioning the platform. We also offer a version with mounting holes designed to hold our Wavefront Sensors.
Glue-In Platform Mounts are designed for 1/2" wide plate optics or 5 mm cubes. They feature three kinematic adjusters for tip and tilt and a separate adjuster for rotation. Each mount offers an 8-32 (M4) tap for post mounting.
The Kinematic Pitch Adapter is designed to adjust the pitch of a standard optic mount. It has two 8-32 (M4) tapped holes for post mounting vertically or horizontally and a #8 counterbored slot for attaching fixed optic mounts.
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KM200B Mounted on Ø1/2" Post Using an 8-32 Cap Screw
Thorlabs' KM100B(/M) and KM200B(/M) Kinematic Platform Mounts provide kinematic control for prisms and non-standard optics. Each contains several 6-32 (M4) tapped holes for mounting our PM3(/M) or PM4(/M) Clamping Arms (sold below). The KM200B(/M) additionally contains five 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes and four #8 (M4) counterbores that provide direct mechanical compatibility with standard optomechanics. The design used in the KM100B(/M) and KM200B(/M) offers an unobstructed path from any direction by positioning the knobs below the mounting plane, as shown in the photo to the right.
The KM100B(/M) is a 1.92" x 1.92" (48.6 mm x 48.6 mm) mount with ±4° of tip and tilt control, while the KM200B(/M) is a 2.90" x 2.90" (73.7 mm x 73.7 mm) mount with ±3° of tip and tilt control. An optional accessory, the LN2580 bronze locking nut, is available to lock the adjusters once the desired position is reached.
If desired, the mounting plate can also be removed and replaced with a user-supplied alternative, enabling custom mounting options. See the blue info icon () in the table below for more information.
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The KM200PM prism mount platform has 6-32 and 8-32 taps and #8 through holes.
Thorlabs' Kinematic Prism Mounts provide kinematic control for prisms, cube beamsplitters, corner cubes, and other optics that require tip and tilt control. The mounting platforms contain 6-32 (M4) tapped holes for the PM3(/M) and PM4(/M) Clamping Arms sold below; the KM200PM also features 8-32 taps which can be used with the PM5 Stainless Steel Clamping Arm.
The two-piece mounting platform assembly can be configured in either a left- or right-handed orientation, as shown in the animation to the right. The assembly is secured to the front plate of each prism mount using two screws, see the table below for the screw type and required hex. See the mechanical drawings by clicking on the red Docs icon () below for details on each item's assembly. If desired, the mounting plate can also be removed and replaced with a user-supplied alternative, enabling custom mounting options. See the blue info icon () in the table below for more information.
The KM05PM(/M) features 3/16"-100 adjusters that can be actuated using a 5/64" (2.0 mm) ball driver or hex key. The HKTS-5/64 hex key adjuster knobs can also be used. The KM100PM(/M) and KM200PM(/M) both feature 1/4"-80 adjusters with removable knobs. The adjusters can also be actuated using a 5/64" (2.0 mm) ball driver or hex key. An optional accessory, the LN2580 bronze locking nut, is available to lock the adjusters of these two mounts once the desired position is reached.
The KM200PM(/M) platforms can also be used to mount any of our CMOS-Based Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensors. The KM200PM(/M) offers #8 (M4) through holes for WFS20 Series sensors, and 8-32 (M4) taps for WFS30 and WFS40 Series sensors. See the table below for details on the array of mounting holes on the platform of each prism mount.
This animation shows how to convert between the right- and left-handed orientations.
Thorlabs' KM100WFS Kinematic Platform Mount provides kinematic control for our WFS20 CMOS-Based Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensors. The mount features a similar design to our KM100PM (above) with a modified mounting platform designed to accommodate the WFS20 wavefront sensors using the two #8 through holes near the front edge of the plate and the included 8-32 screws. Please note that the optical axis of the sensor will not be centered over the optical post.
The two-piece mounting platform assembly can be configured in either a left- or right-handed orientation. The assembly is secured to the front plate using two 4-40 screws (3/32" hex). The two pieces of the mounting platform assembly are held together with two 3-48 screws [5/64" (2 mm) hex]. This process mimics the one used to switch the handedness of the KM100PM, a video for which is shown above. If desired, the mounting plate can also be removed and replaced with a user-supplied alternative, enabling custom mounting options. See the blue info icon () in the table below for more information.
The KM200PM(/M) Kinematic Prism Mount, available above, can also mount our WFS20 wavefront sensors. The mount platform contains two #8 through holes for High-Speed CMOS-Based Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensors, as well as an array of 6-32 (M4) tapped holes for other applications. The platform of the KM200PM(/M) is larger than that of the KM100WFS, yielding a less compact mounted assembly, but with more mounting options for optical components.
Kinematic Rotation Mount Features
These kinematic rotation mounts are designed to mount either 5 mm cube optics, such as polarizing or non-polarizing beamsplitter cubes (Item # FBTB), or 1 mm thick plate optics up to 12.7 mm (0.5") wide, such as beamsplitters or mirrors (Item # FBTA) to our Ø1/2" Posts. Both versions require epoxy to mount optical components. The circular rotation plate can be rotated a full 360° and is engraved with a scale marked every 5°. Additionally, a Vernier scale provides 1° resolution for fine rotation.
An engraved dot is present on the FBTA(/M) Plate Optic Mount between the 0° and 90° engravings. Beamsplitter optics should be installed with the beamsplitter coating facing this dot. This allows an incident beam to be aligned so that it is split at the center of the mount.
These mounts allow for tip, tilt, and rotational adjustment for precision beam alignment and steering control. Three vertical screws control the tip/tilt of the mount (see photo to the left), yielding up to ±3° of adjustment. Additionally, these screws can also provide some vertical adjustment when all three screws are rotated by the same amount. Care should be taken to avoid overextending the springs. When the screw above the 'Engage' engraving is tightened, the fine rotation adjustment screw (see photo to the left) gives up to ±12° adjustment with 1.7° per revolution. All adjustment screws use a 0.05" (1.3 mm) hex key, which is included with these mounts.
F10SC1-5 Locking Collars, available separately, can be used to lock an adjuster in a desired position. Simply insert the included hex key through the spanner wrench, and while holding the adjustment screw static, use the spanner wrench to tighten the locking nut (see video above). A hard stop can be created at any position by using two locking collars. Alternatively, a single collar can be epoxied to an adjuster using our G14250 epoxy to create a permanent hard stop.
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FBTB Cube Mount with 5 mm Beamsplitter Cube Mounted on a Ø1" Post with 1 mm Spacer
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Adjuster Locations on FBTA and FBTB Mounts (FBTA Plate Mount Shown with 12.7 mm x 1 mm Plate Beamsplitter Mounted on a Ø1/2" Post)
Each mount offers a bottom-located 8-32 (M4) tap for post mounting. When mounted on Ø1" Posts with 8-32 (M4) taps, the beam height can be increased using our Ø1" Post Spacers.
We also offer FiberBench-compatible versions of these mounts for mounting optics at the appropriate beam height within a FiberBench system.
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Two Collars Can be Locked Together to Create a Hard Stop
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A Single Locking Collar Can Lock an Adjuster in Position
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TPA01 Mounted Vertically on a Ø1/2" Post to Provide Yaw Adjustment
The TPA01(/M) Pitch-Adjustable Kinematic Adapter holds fixed optic mounts (such as the fixed lens and fixed mirror mounts) with thicknesses between 0.25" to 0.50" (6.4 mm to 12.7 mm) that feature an 8-32 (M4) tap. A lip at the front of the adapter acts as a mechanical guide in order to square the mount to the adapter. The two-piece kinematic design allows the user to actuate one axis of a fixed optic holder, making it ideal for beam-leveling or optic centration applications.
A side-located (when horizontally mounted) 1/4"-80 fine pitch adjuster with a 5/64" (2 mm) hex (compatible with the HKTS-5/64 hex adjuster) is used to articulate the platform through its ±4° adjustment. The mount is equipped with a physical stop (F25SC1) on the pitch adjuster to prevent overextension of the mount. An 8-32 (M4) screw (included with the adapter) secures the fixed optic mount to the top platform through a counterbored slot in the underside of the adapter. The TPA01(/M) has 8-32 (M4) taps on the bottom and side of the adapter to permit horizontal and vertical mounting.
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Clamping Arm Extension Posts with Metric Indicator Groove
Thorlabs' Clamping Arms provide clamping force to secure optics to our kinematic platform mounts and V-clamps. The PM3(/M) accommodates optics up to 0.97" tall and features a 0.69" center-to-center distance between the post and the nylon-tipped setscrew that holds the optic. The PM4(/M) accommodates optics up to 1.61" and features a 1.16" center-to-center distance between the post and the nylon-tipped setscrew. The maximum optic height of the PM3(/M) or PM4(/M) Clamping Arms can be extended using our PM3SP(/M) or PM4SP(/M) Extension Posts, respectively. These extension posts are identical to the posts included in each complete clamping arm. Each clamping arm features 6-32 (M4) threads. The PM3 and PM4 can be mounted in 8-32 tapped holes by using the AS6E8E thread adapter, which features internal 6-32 threads and external 8-32 threads. The thread adapter is designed with the same outer diameter as these clamping arms and extension posts for seamless integration.
The PM5(/M) clamping arm is made entirely from heat-treated stainless steel, which helps maintain stability in fluctuating temperatures and provides vacuum compatibility. This clamping arm is recommended for use with the POLARIS-K1M4(/M), but it can be used with any platform mount that has one or more 8-32 (M4) tapped holes. The PM5(/M) can hold optics up to 1.65" tall, and the distance from the post center to the contact point that holds the optic is 0.90".
Each clamping arm is attached to its post using a flexure mechanism that locks with a 5/64" (2.0 mm) balldriver or hex key. The setscrew on top of the clamping arm also accepts a 5/64" (2.0 mm) balldriver or hex key in order to clamp down on the optic. The post includes a through hole which can be leveraged for added torque when tightening down the post. Please see the diagram above for additional information.