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Fluidic optics
Author(s): George M. Whitesides; Sindy K. Y. Tang

Paper Abstract

Fluidic optics is a new class of optical system with real-time tunability and reconfigurability enabled by the introduction of fluidic components into the optical path. We describe the design, fabrication, operation of a number of fluidic optical systems, and focus on three devices, liquid-core/liquid-cladding (L2) waveguides, microfluidic dye lasers, and diffraction gratings based on flowing, crystalline lattices of bubbles, to demonstrate the integration of microfluidics and optics. We fabricate these devices in poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) with soft-lithographic techniques. They are simple to construct, and readily integrable with microanalytical or lab-on-a-chip systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2006
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6329, Optofluidics, 63290A (14 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.681672
Show Author Affiliations
George M. Whitesides, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Sindy K. Y. Tang, Harvard Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6329:
Demetri Psaltis; Yeshaiahu Fainman, Editor(s)

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