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Optofluidics
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Paper Abstract

"Optofluidics" is the marriage of optics, optoelectronics and nanophotonics with fluidics. Such integration represents a new approach for dynamic manipulation of optical properties at length scales both greater than and smaller than the wavelength of light with applications ranging from reconfigurable photonic circuits to fluidically adaptable optics to high sensitivity bio-detection currently under development. The capabilities in terms of fluidic control, mixing, miniaturization and optical property tuning afforded by micro-, nano- and electro-fluidics combined with soft lithography based fabrication provides an ideal platform upon which to build such devices. In this paper we provide a general overview of some of the important issues related to the fabrication, integration and operation of optofluidic devices and present three comprehensive application examples: nanofluidically tunable photonic crystals, optofluidic microscopy and DFB dye lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5908, Optical Information Systems III, 59080S (10 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.623629
Show Author Affiliations
David Erickson, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Xin Heng, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Zhenyu Li, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Troy Rockwood, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Teresa Emery, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Zhaoyu Zhang, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Axel Scherer, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Changhuei Yang, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Demetri Psaltis, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5908:
Optical Information Systems III
Bahram Javidi; Demetri Psaltis, Editor(s)

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