Konstantinos Iliopoulos

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The third order nonlinear optical parameters of a variety of organic solvents are determined under picosecond and femtosecond laser irradiation. Z-scan measurements have been carried out at 35 ps, 532 nm and at 40 fs, 800 nm, while Optical Kerr Effect studies were performed at 35 ps, 532 nm. The target of the present work is to provide a reference of the(More)
A functionalized polymer film allowing for a complete and straightforward second-harmonic generation (SHG)-assisted high-contrast writing-reading-erasing-writing sequence is proposed. The whole process is supported by the reversible photoinduced dimerization of a coumarin chromophore and enables efficient optical data storage that can be detected only by(More)
In this paper, we present a visual learning algorithm for estimating the configuration of a multisegment continuum robot designed for surgery. Our algorithm interpolates a stereo visual feature descriptor manifold using Radial Basis Functions (RBFs) to estimate configuration pose angles. Results are shown on a 3-segment snake robot, where rotational(More)
Optical data storage was performed with various thin polymer films containing coumarin-based derivatives and by using femtosecond laser pulses as well as two-photon absorption processes. Exploring the photodimerization attribute of coumarin derivatives and using appropriate irradiation wavelengths, recording/erasing processes could be carried out in the(More)
Continuum robots offer significant advantages for surgical intervention due to their down-scalability, dexterity, and structural flexibility. While structural compliance offers a passive way to guard against trauma, it necessitates robust methods for online estimation of the robot configuration in order to enable precise position and manipulation control.(More)
Spatial interactions between agents (humans, animals, or machines) carry information of high value to human or electronic observers. However, not all the information contained in a pair of continuous trajectories is important and thus the need for qualitative descriptions of interaction trajectories arises. The Qualitative Trajectory Calculus (QTC) (Van de(More)
The rod-like molecule bis((4-(4-pyridyl)ethynyl)bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-1-yl)buta-1,3-diyne, 1, contains two 1,4-bis(ethynyl)bicyclo[2.2.2]octane (BCO) chiral rotators linked by a diyne fragment and self-assembles in a one-dimensional, monoclinic C2/c centrosymmetric structure where two equilibrium positions with large occupancy imbalance (88% versus 12%) are(More)
We report a technique to encode grayscale digital images in thin films composed of copolymers containing coumarins. A nonlinear microscopy setup was implemented and two nonlinear optical processes were used to store and read information. A third-order process (two-photon absorption) was used to photoinduce a controlled dimer-to-monomer ratio within a(More)
In this work, the second- and third-order nonlinear optical response of spin-deposited thin films of three different push-pull side chain azobenzene polymers is investigated by the second- and third-harmonic Maker fringes techniques using 30 ps laser pulses at a fundamental wavelength of 1064 nm. Measurements were carried out before and after aligning the(More)
The non-linear optical properties of π-conjugated organic molecules such as TTF and their derivatives have recently gained particular interest due to their extended p-system and the strong electron donating character. The knowledge of the nonlinear optical response, as well as the impact of the charge transfer on the nonlinearity is very important.(More)