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Cross-Flexure Single-Axis Galvo Systems
Square Profile Housing,
Round Profile Housing,
Included Servo Driver
For orders where a large quantity of an item is purchased and the delivery of that item is scheduled with our production (i.e., not taken directly from inventory), Thorlabs passes on to the customer the cost savings associated with planned production of high volumes of that item. Since the volume and planned production are key to realizing the cost savings, we ask that you contact us to obtain volume pricing.
Additional requests can include custom optic sizes and coatings, specialized tuning, and variable cable options.
These Single-Axis Galvanometers use a cross-flexure pivot design to provide smooth, stable scanning motion. The cross-axis flexure design replaces the traditional ball bearing design, eliminating errors due to rumble and lubrication and reducing wear on the components. These moving-magnet galvos are ideal for raster imaging applications, feedback-stabilized imaging systems, or as tracking scanners for viewing or marking moving objects.
The angular orientation (position) of the mirror is measured using a capacitive sensing system, which is integrated into the interior of the galvanometer housing and allows for the closed-loop operation of the galvo mirror system. The galvo systems can be driven to scan their full ±20° optical range when used in continuous raster scanning applications. Operation in vector or point-and-hold applications should be limited to ±10°. See the green box to the left for details.
Cross-Flexure Galvos vs. Ball Bearing Galvos
The cross-flexure pivot mechanism used in these galvanometers is designed for smoother scanning motion and higher cross-axis stability compared to those with ball bearing pivots. The flexure element is rigidly coupled to a single axis, minimizing movement in the orthogonal direction. In continuous raster and small-angle applications, cross-flexure pivots experience less wear and position error than ball bearings, achieving longer device lifetimes and higher repeatability.
However, cross-flexure pivots are not suitable for applications where the mirror must be rotated by a large angle and held in that position. The flexure element is designed primarily to bend and then return to neutral. Applying continuous bending force to the flexure element will significantly reduce its lifetime.
Our cross-flexure galvos are available with the mirror in a horizontal (X) or vertical (Y) orientation. Additionally, each is available in a housing with a Ø2.00" round profile or a 1.62" square profile, for integration into a variety of subassemblies. The mirrors accept beam diameters up to 30 mm; larger mirrors can be provided upon request.
The included servo driver must be connected to a DC power supply, the galvo motor, and an input voltage source (the monitoring connection is optional). For continuous scanning applications, a function generator with a sine wave output is sufficient for scanning the galvo mirror over its entire range. For more complex scanning patterns, a programmable voltage source such as a DAQ card can be used. Please note that these systems do not include a function generator or a DAQ card.
The compatible power supply (item # GPWR15) and cable set (item # CBLS3F) are sold separately. One power supply unit can power up to two galvanometers. One cable set is required for each galvanometer.
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SS30 Galvo Round Body Mechanical Drawing (Shown Without Mirror)
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SP30 Galvo Square Body Mechanical Drawing (Shown Without Mirror)