11 October 2012 Integration of liquid crystal elastomer photomechanical optical devices
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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.
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Nathan J. Dawson, Mark G. Kuzyk, Jeremy Neal, Paul Luchette, Peter Palffy-Muhoray, "Integration of liquid crystal elastomer photomechanical optical devices", Proc. SPIE 8475, Liquid Crystals XVI, 84750B (11 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929334; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.929334

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