Quality Fast Steering Mirrors | nPoint

Fast steering mirrors have a variety of applications where positioning a mirror, lens, or other optic is necessary on a tip and tilt plane of motion. nPoint’s tip/tilt stages are designed with flexure bearings cut from a monolithic material via wire EDM. The flexures use one common pivot where each flexure is perpendicular to the other, allowing one platform for both axes.

Fast steering mirror

RXY14-254 Tip and Tilt Piezo Stage

A flexure provides frictionless motion while allowing straight, linear, repeatable travel. Piezo tip/tilt stages can achieve a bandwidth of 1 kHz or greater with travel ranges of up to 14 mrad in closed-loop. Piezo positioning provides bandwidths faster than most galvo-scanners and voice-coil stages.

Current Tilt/Tilt Piezo Stages from nPoint

RXY3-276 +/- 1.5 mrad travel – 0.05µrad resolution – 3500Hz resonance frequency

RXY6-212 +/- 3 mrad travel – 0.1µrad resolution – 2900Hz resonance frequency

RXY14-254 +/- 7 mrad travel – 1.0µrad resolution – 1000Hz resonance frequency


Mirrors are commonly glued to the surface of the stage, but mounting holes on the sides of the top platform also provide mounting opportunities. As with most piezo stages it is important to limit mass of the load if high dynamic scanning is required.

Read: How Fast Can I Scan With A Piezo Stage?

Fast steering piezo mirrors can be used for scanning and step and settle applications. They can be used to steer a beam or for cancellation/correction. The image below demonstrates a step response and system bandwidth of the RXY6-212 tip/tilt stage.

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RXY6-212 Piezo Stage – System Bandwidth- 1kHz, Settling Time – 0.72ms

Stages can be used in open-loop (without sensors) or closed-loop depending on the requirements of the application. Closed-loop control reduces hysteresis, improves linearity, and provides faster settling times.

Read: Deciding Between Open-Loop and Closed-Loop Piezo Stages

Read: Range Calibration and Linearity Correction

Custom designs are capable of providing different results based on specifications required by the application. Tip/tilt stages can be designed to carry large mirrors such as those necessary for large telescopes. An example was built for the Robert Stobie Visible Spectrograph on the SALT telescope.


Read: Tip-Tilt Positioning Stage for Robert Stobie Spectrograph

Tip/Tilt Piezo Stage Application Examples:

  • Scanning
  • Tracking
  • Vibration Cancellation
  • Beam steering
  • Image stabilization
  • Optical Alignment
  • Nanoscopy
  • Adaptive Optics
  • Laser Cavity Tuning
  • Optical Switching 

Contact nPoint for Custom Design Ideas.

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