An optimized leaf-spring apparatus for applying uniaxial stress to a Ge:Ga far-infrared photoconductor has been designed and tested. This design has significant advantages for space applications which require high quantum efficiency and stable operation over long periods of time. The important features include adequate spring deflection with relatively small overall size, torque-free stress, easy measurement of applied stress, and a detector configuration with high responsivity. One-dimensional arrays of stressed photoconductors can be constructed using this design. A peak responsivity of 38 A/W is achieved in a detector with a cutoff wavelength of 200 microm, which was operated at a temperature of 2.0 K and a bias voltage equal to one half of the breakdown voltage.