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Laser-tweezer-controlled solid immersion lens for high-resolution imaging in microfluidic and biological samples
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Paper Abstract

A novel technique is presented which integrates the capacity of a laser tweezer to optically trap and manipulate objects in three-dimensions with the resolution-enhanced imaging capabilities of a solid immersion lens (SIL). Up to now, solid immersion lens imaging systems have relied upon cantilever-mounted SILs that are difficult to integrate into microfluidic systems and require an extra alignment step with external optics. As an alternative to the current state-of-art, we introduce a device that consists of a free-floating SIL and a laser optical tweezer. In our design, the optical tweezer, created by focusing a laser beam through high numerical aperture microscope objective, acts in a two-fold manner: both as a trapping beam for the positioning and alignment of the SIL and as an near-field scanning beam to image the sample through the SIL. Combining the alignment, positioning, and imaging functions into a single device allows for the direct integration of a high resolution imaging system into microfluidic and biological environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5275, BioMEMS and Nanotechnology, (29 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.522943
Show Author Affiliations
Aaron L. Birkbeck, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Sanja Zlatanovic, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Mihrimah Ozkan, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
Sadik C. Esener, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5275:
BioMEMS and Nanotechnology
Dan V. Nicolau; Uwe R. Muller; John M. Dell, Editor(s)

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