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Fabrication of thin composite emission filter for high-performance lens-free fluorescent imager
Author(s): Erus Rustami; Kiyotaka Sasagawa; Thanet Pakpuwadon; Yasumi Ohta; Hironari Takehara; Makito Haruta; Jun Ohta
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Paper Abstract

The emission filter plays a key role in resolving a modest-quality image of the lens-free fluorescent imager. The complementary structure of an interference filter and absorption filters exhibits a high-rejection ratio, corresponding to the lens-based fluorescence device. However, existing fabrication methods are facing challenges to reach a reasonable filter thickness for low invasiveness. It is difficult to deposit interference filters on the polymer-based absorption filter and CMOS die directly. Conversely, the interference is fragile and easy to crack so that transferring from its substrate to the image sensor is a fatiguing task. Here we report composite filter fabrication using laser lift-off (LLO) and silicon plasma etching. The LLO utilized high energy laser to separate the interference filter from the glass substrate, whereas the plasma etching tailored SiF6 gas to completely annihilate silicon-substrate whereby the filter was deposited beforehand. As a result, a narrow-size filter is successfully fabricated by LLO, yet a crack issue for a larger sensor size remains unsolved. On the other hand, the plasma etching produced large-size and spotless filters with relatively high reproducibility. Additionally, this method offers multiple device fabrication in a single process, which, we expect, could intensify largescale lens-free fluorescent imager applications in the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2020
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 11235, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVIII, 112350F (21 February 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2546540
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Erus Rustami, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Kiyotaka Sasagawa, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Thanet Pakpuwadon, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Yasumi Ohta, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Hironari Takehara, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Makito Haruta, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Jun Ohta, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11235:
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVIII
Bonnie L. Gray; Holger Becker, Editor(s)

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