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Kinematic Mounting Adapters


  • Adapters for Ø8 mm, Ø11 mm, Ø12 mm, Ø1/2" or Ø1" Optics
  • Unthreaded, SM1-Threaded, or SM1.5-Threaded External Surface
  • Smooth Internal Bore with Setscrew or Internally SM-Threaded

KAD1F

KAD05F

The KAD1F kinematic adapter can be used to secure a Ø1" optic in an LCP01T cage plate using an SM2A57 thread adapter

KAD8F

KAD8NT

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Features

  • Integrate Cylindrical Components or Optics into Lens TubesCage Systems, or Optical Mounts
    • Collimator Adapters for Use with Ø8 mm, Ø11 mm, or Ø12 mm Cylindrical Components
    • Internally Threaded Adapters Accept Ø1/2" or Ø1" Optics
  • Options Available with a Smooth Outer Circumference, External SM1 (1.035"-40) Threads, or External SM1.5 (1.535"-40) Threads

These kinematic adapters are designed to facilitate the integration of cylindrical components or optics into free-space optical setups (or vice versa). Unlike our fixed optic mounts, these kinematic mounting adapters provide pitch and yaw adjustment using a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key, allowing components to be steered by the mount. Kinematic collimator adapters are offered with either an unthreaded or externally SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) outer surface and smooth internal bores for Ø8 mm, Ø11 mm, or Ø12 mm cylindrical components. We also offer two kinematic adapters with internally threaded bores. The KAD05F adapter has external SM1 (1.035"-40) threads and internal SM05 (0.535"-40) threads for mounting Ø1/2" optics, while the KAD1F has external SM1.5 (1.535"-40) threads and internal SM1 (1.535"-40) threads for mounting Ø1" optics. Each adapter is designed so that the optical axis of the collimator or optic will be centered with respect to the outer diameter of the adapter.

Thorlabs also offers a wide variety of Kinematic Mounts, including our post-mountable Mini-Series Kinematic Mount for Ø11 mm Components with ±4° of angular adjustment.


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Ø1" Unthreaded Kinematic Collimator Adapters


Unthreaded Kinematic Adapters Usage
KAD11NT
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CPS405 Laser Diode Module Held in a KAD11NT Adapter and Mounted into an FMP1 Fixed Optical Mount
KAD12NT
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TC06FC-543 Triplet Collimator Held in a KAD12NT Adapter and Mounted into an FMP1 Fixed Optical Mount
  • Compatible with Ø8 mm, Ø11 mm, or Ø12 mm Cylindrical Components
  • Resolution of ~24 mrad/rev
  • Smooth 1" Outer Diameter

These unthreaded, Ø1" kinematic adapters are designed to provide pitch/yaw adjustments of ±6° for Ø8 mm or Ø11 mm cylindrical components, or ±5° for Ø12 mm cylindrical components. They can be used to adapt many of our fixed fiber collimators, laser diode modules, triplet collimators, and other components to our selection of smooth bore mounts for Ø1" optics, such as the FMP1 fixed optic mount.

Two 80 TPI fine adjustment screws on the front plate of the adapter control the pitch and yaw position and can be turned using a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. The front plate of the adapter also features engraved axes that are aligned with the pitch and yaw axes, and two holes for use with our SPW801 spanner wrench. Mounted components are held by a brass locking setscrew, which also requires a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. Please use care when mounting components in these adapters, as overtightening of the setscrew can cause damage to the mounted component.

Item # Intended for Use With: Compatible Component Size Pitch/Yaw
Adjustment
Resolution Length
Diameter Length
KAD8NT Laser Diode Modules 8 mm ≥0.19"
(4.8 mm)
±6° ~24 mrad/rev 0.78"
(19.7 mm)
KAD11NT FC/PC, FC/APC, or SMA905 Fixed Collimators
and Laser Diode Modules
11 mm
KAD12NT FC/PC, FC/APC, or SMA905 Fixed Collimators,
TC12 and TC18 Triplet Collimators (FC/PC and FC/APC)
12 mm ±5°
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KAD8NT Support Documentation
KAD8NTØ1” Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø8 mm Cylindrical Components
$63.04
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KAD11NT Support Documentation
KAD11NTØ1” Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø11 mm Cylindrical Components
$66.28
5-8 Days
KAD12NT Support Documentation
KAD12NTØ1” Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø12 mm Cylindrical Components
$68.45
5-8 Days

SM1-Threaded Kinematic Collimator Adapters


SM1-Threaded Kinematic Adapters Usage
KAD11F
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Item #QtyDescription
F671APC-4051405 nm, f = 4.02 mm, NA = 0.60 FC/APC Fiber Collimation Pkg.
KAD11F1SM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø11 mm Cylindrical Components
P3-405B-FC-11Single Mode Patch Cable, 405 - 532 nm, FC/APC, Ø3 mm Jacket, 1 m Long
SM1L101SM1 Lens Tube, 1.00" Thread Depth, One Retaining Ring Included
LMR11Lens Mount with Retaining Ring for Ø1" Optics, 8-32 Tap
TR41Ø1/2" Optical Post, SS, 8-32 Setscrew, 1/4"-20 Tap, L = 4"
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Item #QtyDescription
F671APC-4051405 nm, f = 4.02 mm, NA = 0.60 FC/APC Fiber Collimation Pkg.
KAD11F1SM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø11 mm Cylindrical Components
P3-405B-FC-11Single Mode Patch Cable, 405 - 532 nm, FC/APC, Ø3 mm Jacket, 1 m Long
SM1L101SM1 Lens Tube, 1.00" Thread Depth, One Retaining Ring Included
LMR1/M1Lens Mount with Retaining Ring for Ø1" Optics, M4 Tap
TR50/M1Ø12.7 mm Optical Post, SS, M4 Setscrew, M6 Tap, L = 50 mm
F671APC-405 Fiber Collimator Held in a KAD11F Adapter and Mounted into an SM1L10 Lens Tube
KAD11F
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Item #QtyDescription
F671APC-4051405 nm, f = 4.02 mm, NA = 0.60 FC/APC Fiber Collimation Pkg.
KAD11F1SM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø11 mm Cylindrical Components
P3-405B-FC-11Single Mode Patch Cable, 405 - 532 nm, FC/APC, Ø3 mm Jacket, 1 m Long
LM1XY1Translating Lens Mount for Ø1" Optics, 1 Retaining Ring Included
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Item #QtyDescription
F671APC-4051405 nm, f = 4.02 mm, NA = 0.60 FC/APC Fiber Collimation Pkg.
KAD11F1SM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø11 mm Cylindrical Components
P3-405B-FC-11Single Mode Patch Cable, 405 - 532 nm, FC/APC, Ø3 mm Jacket, 1 m Long
LM1XY/M1Translating Lens Mount for Ø1" Optics, 1 Retaining Ring Included, Metric
F671APC-405 Fiber Collimator Held in a KAD11F Adapter Inside an LM1XY Translation Mount
  • Kinematic Adapters for Ø8 mm, Ø11 mm, or Ø12 mm Cylindrical Components
  • Resolution of ~24 mrad/rev
  • Externally SM1-Threaded (1.035"-40)

These externally SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) kinematic adapters are designed to provide pitch/yaw adjustments of ±6° for Ø8 mm or Ø11 mm cylindrical components, or ±5° for Ø12 mm cylindrical components. This adjustment range can be restricted by the available space inside a SM1-threaded lens tube when used with a long component. Compatible components include many of our fixed collimators, laser diode modules, and triplet collimators.

These adapters are particularly useful when combined with our Ø1" lens tubes30 mm cage plates, or LM1XY(/M) translation mount. A Ø1.25" SM1NT locking ring is included with the adapter to ensure stable mounting. To mount the adapter inside a lens tube or other component, first thread it into the desired position and axis orientation, and then tighten the locking ring against the end of the lens tube or mount.

Two 80 TPI fine adjustment screws on the front plate of the adapter control the pitch and yaw position and can be turned using a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. The front plate of the adapter also features engraved axes that are aligned with the pitch and yaw axes, and two holes for use with our SPW801 spanner wrench. Mounted components are held by a brass locking setscrew, which also requires a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. Please use care when mounting components in these adapters, as overtightening of the setscrew can cause damage.

Item # Intended for Use With: Compatible Component Size Pitch/Yaw
Adjustment
Resolution Length
Diameter Length
KAD8F Laser Diode Modules 8 mm ≥0.19"
(4.8 mm)
±6° ~24 mrad/rev 0.78"
(19.7 mm)
KAD11F FC/PC, FC/APC, or SMA905 Fixed Collimators
and Laser Diode Modules
11 mm
KAD12F FC/PC, FC/APC, or SMA905 Fixed Collimators,
TC12 and TC18 Triplet Collimators (FC/PC and FC/APC)
12 mm ±5°
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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KAD8F Support Documentation
KAD8FSM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø8 mm Cylindrical Components
$66.28
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KAD11F Support Documentation
KAD11FSM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø11 mm Cylindrical Components
$69.79
Today
KAD12F Support Documentation
KAD12FSM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø12 mm Cylindrical Components
$71.96
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SM1-Threaded Kinematic Adapter with SM05 Internal Threads

  • Kinematic Adapter for Ø1/2" Optics
  • ±4° Pitch/Yaw Adjustment
  • Resolution of ~22 mrad/rev
  • Externally SM1-Threaded (1.035"-40)
  • Internally SM05-Threaded (0.535"-40)

This externally SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) kinematic adapter is designed to provide pitch/yaw adjustments of ±4° for Ø1/2" optics or SM05-threaded components. Note that unlike the kinematic collimator adapters above, the KAD05F adapter is designed to work with components that are fully contained within the internally SM05-threaded section of the mount. To mount an optic in the KAD05F, remove the SM05RR retaining ring via the back of the adapter, and insert the optic. The optic can be secured in place by reinserting the retaining ring.

This adapter is particularly useful when combined with our Ø1" lens tubes or 30 mm cage plates. An SM1NT externally SM1-threaded, Ø1.25" locking ring is included with the adapter to ensure stable mounting. To mount the adapter inside a lens tube or other component, first thread it into the desired position and axis orientation, and then tighten the locking ring against the end of the lens tube or mount.

Two 80 TPI fine adjustment screws on the front plate of the adapter control the pitch and yaw position and can be turned using a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. The front plate of the adapter also features engraved axes that are aligned with the pitch and yaw axes, and two holes for use with our SPW801 or SPW909 spanner wrenches.

Item # Internal Threads Compatible Optic
Diameter
Max Optic
Thicknessa
Clear
Aperture
Pitch/Yaw
Adjustment
Resolution External
Threads
Locking Ring
KAD05F SM05 (0.535"-40),
0.28" (7.1 mm) Deep
1/2" 0.21"
(5.0 mm)
Ø0.44"
(Ø11.0 mm)
±4° ~22 mrad/rev SM1 (1.035"-40),
0.55" (14.0 mm) Long
SM1NT
0.11" (2.8 mm) Thick
  • Using Included SM05RR Retaining Ring.
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KAD05F Support Documentation
KAD05FNEW!SM1-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø1/2" Optics
$115.00
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SM1.5-Threaded Kinematic Adapter with SM1 Internal Threads

KAD1F
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KAD1F1SM1.5-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø1" Optics
SM2A571Adapter with External SM2 Threads and Internal SM1.5 Threads
LCP01T160 mm Cage Plate, SM2 Threads, 0.9" Thick, 8-32 Tap (Two SM2RR Retaining Rings Included)
TR41Ø1/2" Optical Post, SS, 8-32 Setscrew, 1/4"-20 Tap, L = 4"
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Item #QtyDescription
KAD1F1SM1.5-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø1" Optics
SM2A571Adapter with External SM2 Threads and Internal SM1.5 Threads
LCP01T/M160 mm Cage Plate, SM2 Threads, 0.9" Thick, M4 Tap (Two SM2RR Retaining Rings Included)
TR100/M1Ø12.7 mm Optical Post, SS, M4 Setscrew, M6 Tap, L = 100 mm
The KAD1F kinematic adapter can be used to secure a Ø1" optic in an LCP01T cage plate using an SM2A57 thread adapter
  • Kinematic Adapter for Ø1" Optics
  • ±4° Pitch/Yaw Adjustment
  • Resolution of ~37 mrad/rev
  • Externally SM1.5-Threaded (1.535"-40)
  • Internally SM1-Threaded (1.035"-40)

This externally SM1.5-threaded (1.535"-40) kinematic adapter is designed to provide pitch/yaw adjustments of ±4° for Ø1" optics or SM1-threaded components. Note that unlike the kinematic collimator adapters above, the KAD1F adapter is designed to work with components that are fully contained within the internally SM1-threaded section of the mount. To mount an optic in the KAD1F, remove the SM1RR retaining ring via the back of the adapter, and insert the optic. The optic can be secured in place by reinserting the retaining ring.

This adapter is particularly useful when combined with our Ø1.5" lens tubes or 60 mm cage plates. An SM1.5NT externally SM1.5-threaded, Ø1.75" locking ring is included with the adapter to ensure stable mounting. To mount the adapter inside a lens tube or other component, first thread it into the desired position and axis orientation, and then tighten the locking ring against the end of the lens tube or mount.

Two 80 TPI fine adjustment screws on the front plate of the adapter control the pitch and yaw position and can be turned using a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. The front plate of the adapter also features engraved axes that are aligned with the pitch and yaw axes, and two holes for use with our SPW801 spanner wrenches. 

Item # Internal
Threads
Compatible Optic
Diameter
Max Optic
Thicknessa
Clear
Aperture
Pitch/Yaw
Adjustment
Resolution External
Threads
Locking Ring
KAD1F SM1 (1.035"-40),
0.36" (9.1 mm) Deep
1" 0.28"
(7.1 mm)
Ø0.90"
(Ø22.9 mm)
±4° ~37 mrad/rev SM1.5 (1.535"-40),
0.78" (19.8 mm) Long
SM1.5NT
0.11" (2.8 mm) Thick
  • Using Included SM1RR Retaining Ring.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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KAD1F Support Documentation
KAD1FNEW!SM1.5-Threaded Kinematic Pitch/Yaw Adapter for Ø1" Optics
$125.00
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