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Optical manipulation of single microparticle for microfluidic flow rate sensing
Author(s): Yuan Gong; Qunfeng Liu; Chenlin Zhang; Yu Wu; Yunjiang Rao; Gangding Peng
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Paper Abstract

Sensitive flowmeter with a large dynamic range is highly desirable for microfluidic applications. We developed an optofluidic flow rate sensor, with a dynamic range of about 3 orders of magnitude, based on the optical manipulation of a microparticle by a single mode fiber (SMF) with a flat endface. A single polystyrene microsphere was trapped on the optical axis by the 980 nm laser emitting from SMF and the force balance between the optical force and flow force was used for sensing. The manipulation distance was detected as a function of the flow rate. The measurement range of the flow rate can cover 20 - 22000 nL/min with a laser power of 11.4 mW to 146.3 mW. The maximum manipulation length is about 715 μm. The experimental results indicate that the sensor has a good repeatability for the flow rate measurement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2015
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9548, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII, 954813 (25 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2189730
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Yuan Gong, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Qunfeng Liu, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Chenlin Zhang, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Yu Wu, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Yunjiang Rao, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Gangding Peng, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9548:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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