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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 11 — May. 28, 2007
  • pp: 6784–6789

External stimulus driven variable-step grating in a nematic elastomer

Emel Sungur, Min-Hui Li, Gregory Taupier, Alex Boeglin, Michelangelo Romeo, Stéphane Méry, Patrick Keller, and Kokou D. Dorkenoo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 11, pp. 6784-6789 (2007)

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We report on the creation of micro-patterns in an oriented nematic elastomer (an artificial muscle material) by photopolymerization of surface aligned nematic liquid crystal monomers. We demonstrate that microscopic techniques are able to create accurate patterns in rubber-like liquid crystal materials. Two approaches, based on one and two-photon excitations respectively, are implemented using a microscope-based setup. Due to its high spatial selectivity, the two-photon excitation mode yields finer patterns. Benefitting from the intrinsic, thermally-induced, contractile properties of the material, gratings with variable steps in response to temperature changes were fabricated.

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(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

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Original Manuscript: February 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2007
Published: May 18, 2007

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Emel Sungur, Min-Hui Li, Gregory Taupier, Alex Boeglin, Michelangelo Romeo, Stéphane Mery, Patrick Keller, and Kokou D. Dorkenoo, "External stimulus driven variable-step grating in a nematic elastomer," Opt. Express 15, 6784-6789 (2007)

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