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Fast photomechanical effects in a polymer optical fiber
Author(s): Shiliang Zhou; Mark G. Kuzyk
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Paper Abstract

We report on the demonstration of a fast photomechanical effect where a 5 ns laser pulse induces a length change in a polymer optical fiber that displaces an 8 gm mass by about 5 nm. Two equally dominant mechanisms appear to be responsible: a fast response that follows the 5 ns laser pulse and a slower response that decays with a 12 ns time constant. Accelerations of at least 6 X 108 m/s2 are observed. These effects are modeled with an electrostrictive mechanism. The calculated length change is consistent with the measured value.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2285, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII, (23 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.187508
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Shiliang Zhou, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2285:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII
Gustaaf R. Moehlmann, Editor(s)

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