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9 February 1993 Optical actuators for fly-by-light applications
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In its purest conceptual form, Fly-by-light (FBL) utilizes optical signals for communications, sensor interrogations and for both the control and powering of actuation stages. Unfortunately, the current level of technology does not allow for a realization of this concept in its original form. Optical control by definition requires optical logic operation, but an optical computer does not exist. The optical powering of actuation stages is also difficult to accomplish because efficient mechanisms for conversion of optical to mechanical energy are not currently known.
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Sonny H. S. Chee, Kexing Liu, and Raymond M. Measures "Optical actuators for fly-by-light applications", Proc. SPIE 1799, Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms and Plastic Optical Fibers, (9 February 1993);

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