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JRM Vol.15 No.2 pp. 172-177
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2003.p0172
(2003)

Paper:

Fibrous Optical Actuator Containing Photochromic Molecules

Takayuki Tanaka*, Naoto Yamagishi*, Ryujiro Mitsui*, and Takashi Kawamura**

*University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo

**Shinshu University, 3-15-1 Tokida, Ueda, Nagano

Received:
November 11, 2002
Accepted:
December 11, 2002
Published:
April 20, 2003
Keywords:
optical actuator, photochromic molecules, β-carotene, optical control
Abstract

We developed a fibrous optical actuator including photochromic molecules that are isomerized in reverse by optical energy. This actuator is expected to be ecofriendly, lightweight, small, flexible and noiseless. In this paper, we produce the prototype by diffusing β-carotene in the crystal structure of nylon-6 filament. We investigate the feasibility of the proposed actuator to apply to robots and mechatronics experimentally.

Cite this article as:
Takayuki Tanaka, Naoto Yamagishi, Ryujiro Mitsui, and Takashi Kawamura, “Fibrous Optical Actuator Containing Photochromic Molecules,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.15, No.2, pp. 172-177, 2003.
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