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Ultrafast multistability in miniature photomechanical vibration suppressors
Author(s): Mark G. Kuzyk; Steven R. Vigil; Shiliang Zhou; David J. Welker
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Paper Abstract

It is well known that light has the ability to carry large amounts of information by virtue of its high intrinsic bandwidth and transmission speed. We report on a new class of mechanical fiber devices that are powered by light. In particular, we show that a sensor, logic unit, and actuator function can be built into a mesoscopic polymer optical fiber: The stress sensor converts stress to light, the logic element manipulates the light according to a preprogrammed response, and the actuator provides mechanical displacement. A device that combines all three of these devices into a single monolithic unit can be designed to perform many different smart mechanical and optical logic functions. Furthermore, because optical devices use no electronic components, they allow for highly interconnected architectures of multiple units that result in ultrasmart operation. Such associations of devices, when embedded in a host material, would form an ultrasmart material. We report on the multistable operation of a highly miniaturized vibration stabilizer in a polymer fiber and show that it has an ultrafast photomechanical response. The theory behind the response is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2716, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Materials Technologies and Biomimetics, (9 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.232142
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Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Steven R. Vigil, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Shiliang Zhou, Washington State Univ. (United States)
David J. Welker, Sentel Technologies (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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