Photonic arms, legs, and skin
Authors: Nocentini S., Martella D., Nuzhdin D., Parmeggiani C., Wiersma D.
Autors Affiliation: European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy, 1 via Nello Carrara, Sesto Fiorentino, 50019, Italy; Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, 1 via Nello Carrara, Sesto Fiorentino, 50019, Italy
Abstract: In this contribution, we will report on a new adventure in the field of photonics, combining the optical control of photonic materials with that of true micro meter scale robotics. We will show how one can create complex photonic structures using polymers that respond to optical stimuli, and how this technology can be used to create moving elements, photonic skin, and even complete micro meter size robots that can walk and swim. Using light as the only source of energy. The materials that we have developed to that end can also be used to realize tunable photonic components that respond to light and adapt their photonic response on the basis of the illumination conditions.
KeyWords: Alignment engineering; Direct Laser Writing; light modulation and control; Smart Material; Intelligent materials; Optical engineering, Complex photonic structures; Illumination conditions; Liquid crystalline networks; Micrometer scale; Photonic components; Photonic materials; Photonic response; Micromanipulators