Applied Physics

Research

Applied Physics

Overview

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Grid Pattern in a Liquid Crystal

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Actuator using liquid crystal elastomer
bends by temperature change.

Physics of liquid crystals (LCs) and liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) is studied in order to find advanced physics and new applications, for example principle in chaos and turbulence in LCs, artificial muscles by LCEs, and so on. In addition, application of bio-photon measurement is studied as an advanced detector for physiological and biological information. (For detail, see http://www.e.ap.kyushu-u.ac.jp/ap/index.html)

Staff

Professor Kazuhiro Hara
Associate Professor Hirotaka Okabe
Assistant Professor Yoshiki Hidaka

The Main Research Topics

  • Physics of Pattern Formation
  • Physics of Liquid Crystal Elastomer and its Application as a Soft-Matter Actuator
  • Study of Stress Response in Plants
  • Development of New Advanced Detector for Physiological Information Using Bio-Photons
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