Hex Class
Deformable Mirrors

Our Hex deformable mirrors are a practical alternative to our Multi DMs. Hex Tip-Tilt-Piston deformable mirrors are well suited for an array of applications from in vivo microscopy to high-resolution astronomy. The unique Hex mirror architecture has the ability to tip, tilt, and piston multiple segments for alternative wavefront control.

Our Hex deformable mirror design provides a wide range of light shaping performance features.

Tip-tilt-piston functionality provides the researcher with the ability to achieve precise angular and phase control with each optical segment. In addition, the fast response time of each segment enables imaging of samples in vivo for a wide range of optical imaging modalities.

The BMC Hex-class mirrors range in size from 111 actuators (Hex-111) to our largest device which has more than 3,000 actuators (Hex-3063).

Hex Tip-Tilt-Piston Deformable Mirror Models

DM Models
Total Actuator Count *
Segment Count
Physical Stroke (μm)
Wavefront Stroke (µm)
Aperture (mm)
Pitch (μm)
Mechanical Response
(small step, 10% – 90%) (μs)
Digital Update Rate:
Standard (kHz)
Digital Update Rate:
High Speed (kHz)
Hex-111 111 37 3.5 7.0 3.8 375 <40 2 100
Hex-507 507 169 3.5 7.0 8.3 375 <40 2 100
Hex-1011 1011 337 3.5 7.0 11.6 375 <40 45 60
Hex-3063 3063 1021 1.5 3.0 20.6 300 <40 16 n/a
Please Note: Fill factor >99% (DM), Surface figure: <30nm * Custom actuator counts available upon request


USB 2.0 interface
120-240 VAC input
14 bit step resolution
Maximum Frame Rate: 8 kHz
Dimensions (W × D × H): 9" x 7" x 2.5"


DIO interface: SFP fiber link (2.5 Gbps)
Latency†: 22.7 µsec
Maximum Frame Rate: 60 kHz
Resolution: 12 Bit
Average Voltage Step Size: 14 mV
Dimensions: 3.5" x 19" x 14" x2
(2 separate 2U Chassis for 19" Rack: Driver and Power Supply)
Connector Dimensions (W x D x H): 3.5" x 12" x 19"
Power Requirements: 120V 3A / 240 V, AC available


DIO Interface: SFP fiber link connection via PCIe Interface Card
Form Factor: 3U Chassis (5.25" x 19" x 14")
14 bit step resolution
Maximum Frame Rate: 34 kHz
Latency†: 30µsec
Dimensions: 5.25" x 19" 14"


DIO Interface: Camera Link via PCIe Interface Card
#Parallel HV Output Channels: 32 or 140
Maximum Output Voltage: 300 V
HV Interface: 37-Pin D-Sub Connector (4x)
Resolution: 14-bit
Voltage Step Size: 18mV
Latency: <2µsec
Single Channel Update Rate: 400 kHz
Maximum Frame Rate (140 Channels): 100 kHz
External Power Supply: 24 V DC, 2A Max
Dimensions(W × D × H): 9" x 7" x 2.5"


DIO Interface: SFP fiber link connection via PCIe Interface Card
Form Factor: 3U Chassis (5.25" x 19" x 14")
14 bit step resolution
Maximum Frame Rate: 34 kHz
Latency†: 17µsec
Dimensions: 5.25" x 19" 14"

+K Driver

DIO interface: SFP fiber link (2.5 Gbps)
120-240 VAC input
14 bit step resolution
Frame Rate: 20 kHz
Dimensions: 5.25" x 19" x 14" (3U Chassis)

Hex Tip-Tilt-Piston Technical Whitepaper

Click below to download the latest description of our Hex-TTP technology.
Details included are how the device is designed, what options are available as well as technical references to those who have had success using our devices. These include such applications as Microscopy, Flow Cytometry and Astronomy.

Where Can Hex Class Deformable Mirrors Be Used?

  • Astronomy

    Boston Micromachines Hex DMs are installed in prominent astronomical testbeds around the world to help researchers improve wavefront correction capabilities, and can be used as primary mirror surrogates to enable cutting edge telescope concepts.

  • Microscopy

    Hex-TTP mirror systems allow users precise wavefront control through alternative methods used in multi-photon microscopy. These yield higher resolution images deep in samples.

  • Laser Research Applications

    In contrast to liquid crystal spatial light modulators (SLMs), MEMS deformable mirrors have recently emerged as a high-speed alternative with significant advantages. MEMS DMs are also more cost-effective, more optically efficient, and can perform simultaneously at multiple wavelengths.

Explore Hex deformable mirrors for your next research project

Our Hex mirrors are among the most unique optical solutions on the market today. Interested in finding out which Hex deformable mirror would work best for your application? All you need to do is tell us your needs and specifications. Contact BMC today to request a quote.