With a multidisciplinary, multiple author perspective, this book provides the essential background to understanding light driven systems and introduces new ideas of optical actuator design and the leading-edge techlogies used for realizing solutions in a wide variety of applications. The chapters include introductory topics such as principles of control-by-light systems and thermodynamic properties of light-material interaction. This volume also presents applications of smart optically driven na and micro actuators, including development of consumer products, microrobotics, microassembly tools and systems, and integrated devices for environmental monitoring and medical diagstics.
George K. Knopf is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). His current research interests include intelligent systems for design, 3D shape reconstruction, laser microfabrication, biosensor design and manufacture, optical microactuation, and bioelectronic imaging arrays. He has contributed to the development of intelligent systems for engineering design including studies on the characterization of micro geometry flaws in product data exchange, efficient packing of 3D parts for layered manufacturing, and the adaptive reconstruction of complex freeform surfaces. Yukitoshi Otani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan). His current research interests include optomechatronics, optical actuator and manipulator, varifocus lens, 3D profilometry by Moire topography and interferometry, scatterometry, birefringence mapping, polatization, and polarimetry. Dr. Otani has contributed to the development of novel measurement techniques in polarization engineering based on birefringence, Stokes parameters, and Mueller matrix.
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