The time is finally here! this is the highest displacement of each mount in its lowest few eigenfrequencies, using 6061 Aluminum as a material. pictures will be added in a future log, because I'm going to make them into one file. Other materials will also be tested to see if there is variance in these findings, but only relevant data will be posted.
tl;dr findings: thick-open is the best combination because it has less displacement in eigenmodes and its eigenmodes are all very high/spread apart in frequency.
(key) Eigenfrequency (Hz), highest displacement (mm), direction
Thin base, open mount:
315, 8.07, leaning back (laser will angle up)
316, 7.94, leaning to the side (laser won't change direction if the optic is flat, i.e. point of contact moves along surface of optic)
924, 10.50, twist to the side (laser will angle to the side)
1949, 8.89, twist about optic, slight lean forward (point of contact will move slightly, laser may angle down)
2144, 10.47, another leaning forward mode
thin base, open mount:
322, 13.29, leaning forward and translating to the side
328, 13.36, same as above
994, 17.66, twisting to the side (laser will angle to the side)
1943, 13.86, intense leaning forward
2100, 14.27, twist about optic
thick base, closed mount:
1329, 13.23, leaning back
1347, 13.32, leaning back and to the side
3577, 15.46, twisting to the side
thick base, open mount:
1326, 9.69, leaning to the side
1335, 9.77, leaning back
3504, 13.88, twisting to the side
All of these frequencies were checked for all four models, and the max displacements in those cases ranged from 100 picometers to 10 femtometers, so it's pretty reasonable to base decisions off of the displacements at the eigenmodes.
Based on this, it seems that for both thick and thin, open is the best, considering it displaces significantly less than closed (which is reasonable because there is less mass at the top to be thrown around). The choice between thick and thin depends on what frequencies we believe the mounts will be subjected to. If we are probably not going to have much sound at frequencies above 1000Hz, then thick is the better option (which is nice because it is the stock stalk instead of the custom made one). However, if there will be plenty of high noise, the thick is still probably the better option because it has fewer eigenmodes in the same range of frequencies.
here's a sample of two pictures of the relevant eigenmodes of the winner.