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


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

November 11, 2002
December 11, 2002
April 20, 2003
optical actuator, photochromic molecules, β-carotene, optical control
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:
T. Tanaka, N. Yamagishi, R. Mitsui, and T. Kawamura, “Fibrous Optical Actuator Containing Photochromic Molecules,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.15 No.2, pp. 172-177, 2003.
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