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Integration of liquid crystal elastomer photomechanical optical devices
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Paper Abstract

Azobenzene dye-doped liquid crystal elastomers (LCE) are known to give strong photomechanical responses. We review photothermal heating actuated Photomechanical Optical Devices (PODs) and applications to systems by examining successful attempts at cascading macroscopic PODs in a series configuration. Using these results, we present some new design strategies that have the potential of miniaturizing these systems with increases in the response time and system integration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8475, Liquid Crystals XVI, 84750B (11 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929334
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Nathan J. Dawson, Youngstown State Univ. (United States)
Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Jeremy Neal, Kent State Univ. (United States)
Paul Luchette, Kent State Univ. (United States)
Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Kent State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8475:
Liquid Crystals XVI
Iam Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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