A new series of single axis platform flexures from Siskiyou Corporation offer highly stable, economical mounting of optical components, along with single axis tilt adjustment. Specifically, these IXF series platform flexures contain a matrix of both threaded and clearance holes (8-32 or M4) on both sides, enabling them to be mounted directly to Siskiyou crossed roller or dovetail translation stages, as well as Siskiyou baseplates; optical components or other optomechanical accessories can then be attached to the reverse side.
Currently, two platform flexures are available. The IXF.5St offers a 0.5 inch square mounting pattern and 4 degrees of adjustment range, and the IXF1.0St provides a 1.0 inch square mounting pattern and 2 degrees of adjustment range. Each size is available in both steel and aluminum versions. Steel construction offers superior mechanical and thermal stability, while aluminum confers lower weight and vacuum compatibility. The mount’s use in vacuum applications is further enhanced because monolithic construction doesn't use 'blind holes', or other places in the mount in which gas or volatiles can be trapped, thus eliminating the potential for outgassing.