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Using C-Mount Components with the Optical Cage System
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Using C-Mount Components with the Optical Cage System

Selecting the right mounting component is critical when trying to maximize the performance of an optical system. Edmund Optics offers fixed, adjustable, and kinematic mounts for a range of optical components including lenses, filters, mirrors, and prisms. Our modular C-mount components can easily integrate with TECHSPEC Optical Cage System components for added functionality, such as for minimizing stray light or for incorporating light guides or laser diode cans. Figures 1 – 4 demonstrate a few examples of how to use C-mount components within cage system setups.

Having issues with stray light? C-mount extension tubes are simple solutions for minimizing stray light and for improving system performance. Any C-mount tube or C-mount lens mount with an outer diameter of 30mm can be secured within a 30mm inner diameter cage plate (Figure 1).

30mm Inner Diameter Cage Plate with a C-Mount Lens Mount
Figure 1: 30mm Inner Diameter Cage Plate with a C-Mount Lens Mount

If you want to integrate illumination to an optical cage system setup, try adding a light guide and the appropriate fiber optic adapter (Figure 2). A C-mount fiber optic adapter (#53-047) can be threaded directly into the C-mount threaded plate (#87-419), which features a female C-mount thread through the inner diameter.

A C-Mount Threaded Plate with Fiber Optic Adapters and Light Guide
Figure 2: A C-Mount Threaded Plate with Fiber Optic Adapters and Light Guide

The C-mount plate can also be used to mount any SMA, FC, or ST fiber patchcord using the Fiber Optic Adapters (Figure 3).

A C-Mount Threaded Plate with SMA Fiber Insert and Patchcord
Figure 3: A C-Mount Threaded Plate with SMA Fiber Insert and Patchcord

For can-style components, C-mount diode mounts thread directly into the C-mount plate (Figure 4) and can be used to add laser diode cans, silicon detectors, or other photodetectors and sources.

A C-Mount Threaded Plate with a TO-5 Style Silicon Detector and Diode Mount
Figure 4: A C-Mount Threaded Plate with a TO-5 Style Silicon Detector and Diode Mount

Integrating C-Mount components with the TECHSPEC® Optical Cage System allows for limitless customizability. Learn more about cage system capabilities and design examples and get started today.

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