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Optical actuators for fly-by-light applications
Author(s): Sonny H. S. Chee; Kexing Liu; Raymond M. Measures
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Paper Abstract

In its purest conceptual form, Fly-by-light (FBL) utilizes optical signals for communications, sensor interrogations and for both the control and powering of actuation stages. Unfortunately, the current level of technology does not allow for a realization of this concept in its original form. Optical control by definition requires optical logic operation, but an optical computer does not exist. The optical powering of actuation stages is also difficult to accomplish because efficient mechanisms for conversion of optical to mechanical energy are not currently known.

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Date Published: 9 February 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1799, Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms and Plastic Optical Fibers, (9 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.141350
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Sonny H. S. Chee, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Kexing Liu, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Raymond M. Measures, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1799:
Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms and Plastic Optical Fibers
Luis Figueroa; Mototaka Kitazawa; Norris E. Lewis; Robert E. Steele; Deepak Varshneya, Editor(s)

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