Optical mounts combine high stability and low cost

May 21, 2004 Irvine, CA -- The new Suprema series from Newport Corp. are kinematic optical mounts that combine the thermal stability of stainless steel construction with the economy of aluminum components. The series is the industry's first adjustable mount to be based on sintered and pressed stainless steel technology, which delivers up to 10 times greater thermal stability than competitive aluminum-based products.

May 21st, 2004

May 21, 2004 Irvine, CA -- The new Suprema series from Newport Corp. are kinematic optical mounts that combine the thermal stability of stainless steel construction with the economy of aluminum components. The series is the industry's first adjustable mount to be based on sintered and pressed stainless steel technology, which delivers up to 10 times greater thermal stability than competitive aluminum-based products.

The Suprema series incorporates 100 TPI precision actuators against ultra-flat carbide pads for greater adjustment "feel," sensitivity, and accuracy. The initial Suprema products accept 1" diameter transmissive or reflective optics, and provide independent θx and θy adjustment.

The Suprema mounts are intended for both OEMs and laboratory users, particularly in laser-based systems. Typical examples include ultrafast laser applications, laser research, semiconductor inspection and material processing, laser surgical devices, free-space optical communication, medical flow cytometry, DNA sequencing, and proteomics instrumentation.

Two versions of Suprema are currently offered. The SS series delivers the highest thermal stability due to a symmetrical closed aperture design and threaded mounting interface. The SN series features Newport's patented Clear Quadrant geometry to enable the optical path to pass close to the edge of an optic without interference from the mount. The SN series also features interchangeable actuators. Both the SS and SN include a locking system based on "jam nut" technology that does not influence component position and are available in either two or three actuator configurations.

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