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Polymer-fiber-based photomechanical stabilization, discrete positioning, and continuous positioning all-optical circuit
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Paper Abstract

We report on a new class of devices in which laser light is used to control the length of a material. To demonstrate these devices we have designed an all-optical circuit that, using feedback, allows us to control the length of a polymer optical fiber in three ways: stabilization, discrete positioning and continuous positioning. We also report the dependence of response time on fiber length. Many mechanisms long known to result in a refractive index change also result in a length change. For our circuit we have utilized the heating mechanism to control length. While this heating mechanism is relatively slow it is also relatively large in magnitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2285, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII, (23 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.187534
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David J. Welker, 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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