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Photonic arms, legs, and skin
Author(s): Sara Nocentini; Daniele Martella; Dmitri Nuzhdin; Camilla Parmeggiani; Diederik S. Wiersma
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Paper Abstract

In this contribution, we will report on a new adventure in the field of photonics, combining the optical control of photonic materials with that of true micro meter scale robotics. We will show how one can create complex photonic structures using polymers that respond to optical stimuli, and how this technology can be used to create moving elements, photonic skin, and even complete micro meter size robots that can walk and swim. Using light as the only source of energy. The materials that we have developed to that end can also be used to realize tunable photonic components that respond to light and adapt their photonic response on the basis of the illumination conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10347, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV, 103472R (25 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279090
Show Author Affiliations
Sara Nocentini, European Lab. for Non Linear Spectroscopy (Italy)
Daniele Martella, European Lab. for Non Linear Spectroscopy (Italy)
Dmitri Nuzhdin, European Lab. for Non Linear Spectroscopy (Italy)
Camilla Parmeggiani, European Lab. for Non Linear Spectroscopy (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Diederik S. Wiersma, European Lab. for Non Linear Spectroscopy (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10347:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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