25 August 2017 Photonic arms, legs, and skin
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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.
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Sara Nocentini, Sara Nocentini, Daniele Martella, Daniele Martella, Dmitri Nuzhdin, Dmitri Nuzhdin, Camilla Parmeggiani, Camilla Parmeggiani, Diederik S. Wiersma, Diederik S. Wiersma, } "Photonic arms, legs, and skin", Proc. SPIE 10347, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIV, 103472R (25 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279090; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2279090

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