Newport piezo motor-driven mirror mount for ultrafast spectroscopy


The CONEX-AG-M100D piezo motor-driven mirror mount from Newport (Irvine, CA) features a two-axis absolute angle position sensor to enable 0.001º closed-loop metal-insulator-metal (MIM) and 0.01º bi-directional repeatability in ultrafast spectroscopy applications. In open-loop, it has a 2 µrad MIM over a large motion range of ± 0.75º.

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Newport Introduces Compact, Piezo-Motor-Actuated Mirror Mount with Integrated Controller/Driver

Irvine, CA - April 13, 2011 - Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in laser and photonic solutions that Make, Manage and Measure Light®, introduces the new CONEX-AG-M100D, a remote-controllable, piezo-motor-driven mirror mount with an integrated 2-axis absolute position sensor. It combines the high-angular position sensitivity of the field-proven AgilisT piezo-motor direct-drive technology with exact position information from a novel, patent-pending, 2-axis, absolute position sensor. While other piezo-motor mounts lack exact position information and hence can only be used for adjustments, the CONEX-AG-M100D is capable of repeatable or absolute positioning tasks.  This capability is important in scanning applications or when steering  a laser beam to different positions repeatedly is required.

In open loop, the MIM of the mirror mount is 2µrad over a ±0.75º range and in closed loop, the MIM is 0.001º with a bi-directional repeatability of 0.01º.  With the absolute position sensor, the user can also save a position into memory and recall that position upon start-up without having to rely on a home or reference location. This is beneficial when a previously optimized beam path must be re-established.

According to Beda Espinoza, Senior Manager, Motion, at Newport Corporation, "Integrating the Agilis mirror mount and the CONEX controller platform, both developed with simplicity in mind, makes the CONEX-AG-M100D very affordable.  Combined with the NSTRUCT Instrument Management software platform, setting up becomes much easier, leading to less time wasted and a faster implementation of experiments."

For more information about Newport's absolute positioning piezo-motor-actuated mirror mount with integrated controller/driver, please go to:

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets.  Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.


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