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Optomechanical actuator in the form of graphite
Author(s): Michael S. Salib; Athos P. Petrou; Deborah D. L. Chung
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Paper Abstract

Optomechanical actuation was achieved reversibly using highly oriented pyrolytic graphite intercalated with bromine (1.9 mol% Br2). White light from a 150 W tungsten-halogen lamp was used for optomechanical switching. The displacement was approximately 4 micrometers and occurred only along the c-axis of the graphite. The rise and fall times were approximately 15 s. The origin of the optomechanical effect is the reversible exfoliation of the near surface region of the intercalated graphite.

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Date Published: 9 February 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2716, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Materials Technologies and Biomimetics, (9 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.232127
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Michael S. Salib, SUNY/Buffalo (United States)
Athos P. Petrou, SUNY/Buffalo (United States)
Deborah D. L. Chung, SUNY/Buffalo (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2716:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Materials Technologies and Biomimetics
Andrew Crowson, Editor(s)

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