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Optical and fluidic design for guaranteed trapping and detection of particles in a silicon microfluidic and photonic crystal system
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Paper Abstract

In recent studies, optical forces have been exploited to guide particles along waveguides and to trap particles near refractive index sensors. But the ability of photonic devices to bind a freely flowing particle from an adjacent microfluidic channel has yet to be fully characterized. In order to determine the ability of a given device to trap an arbitrary particle, we develop a method to numerically calculate the trajectory of a particle flowing near a model system. We determine the trajectories of 50 nm radius particles in a fluid flowing at an average velocity of 1 cm/s near a photonic crystal resonator pumped at 1 W. The finite element method is used to calculate the force of the fluid on the particles and finite-difference time-domain simulations are used to calculate optical forces. The particle equation of motion is solved using the adaptive Runge-Kutta method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7888, Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems III, 78880L (11 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.877569
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Adam T. Heiniger, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Benjamin L. Miller, Univ. of Rochester Medical Ctr. (United States)
Philippe M. Fauchet, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7888:
Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems III
Benjamin L. Miller; Philippe M. Fauchet, Editor(s)

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