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Photomechanical stabilization and positioning with polymer optical fibers
Author(s): Mark G. Kuzyk; David J. Welker; Shiliang Zhou
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Paper Abstract

Based on the well known observation that refractive index changes can be induced with light and that such changes are often accompanied by density and length changes, we have demonstrated photomechanical effects (light induced length changes) in polymer optical fibers and have applied these effects to make all-optical devices that have a mechanical function. In particular, we report on the observation of the slower photothermal mechanism and the faster electrostrictive mechanism. These two mechanisms are applied to build an all-optical position stabilizer and digital positioner; and an ultrafast all-optical positioner.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2189, Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Materials, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174061
Show Author Affiliations
Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State Univ. (United States)
David J. Welker, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Shiliang Zhou, Washington State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2189:
Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Materials
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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