Light-driven actuator using hydrothermally deposited PLZT film

Daisuke Yamaguchi, Akimasa Tonokai, Takefumi Kanda, Koichi Suzumori

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Light-driven actuators result in the miniaturization of micro-devices because such actuators can be driven by a non-contact energy supply. PLZT is a ferroelectric material that exhibits a photostrictive effect. We have succeeded in driving a photoresponse actuator by using the PLZT film. The PLZT film was deposited on a titanium substrate by using the hydrothermal method. The PLZT film was evaluated by x-ray diffraction and piezoelectricity. The actuator has a simple structure in which an indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent electrode is deposited on the surface of the PLZT film. The actuator is driven by the ultraviolet (UV) light. To confirm the driven phenomenon, the photoresponse drive was evaluated by measuring the displacement, electric current and surface temperature. As an example of a light-driven application using the PLZT film actuator, we also fabricated and evaluated a light-driven valve. We have succeeded in changing the flow rate when the intensity of the UV light increased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-336
Number of pages7
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Sensors and Micromachines
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 3 2013


  • Hydrothermal method
  • Light-driven actuator
  • PLZT film
  • Photostrictive effect
  • Piezoelectric material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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