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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 3 — Jan. 31, 2011
  • pp: 2720–2728

Miniaturized optoelectronic tweezers controlled by GaN micro-pixel light emitting diode arrays

Alicja Zarowna-Dabrowska, Steven L. Neale, David Massoubre, Jonathan McKendry, Bruce R. Rae, Robert K. Henderson, Mervyn J. Rose, Huabing Yin, Jonathan M. Cooper, Erdan Gu, and Martin D. Dawson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 2720-2728 (2011)

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A novel, miniaturized optoelectronic tweezers (OET) system has been developed using a CMOS-controlled GaN micro-pixelated light emitting diode (LED) array as an integrated micro-light source. The micro-LED array offers spatio-temporal and intensity control of the emission pattern, enabling the creation of reconfigurable virtual electrodes to achieve OET. In order to analyse the mechanism responsible for particle manipulation in this OET system, the average particle velocity, electrical field and forces applied to the particles were characterized and simulated. The capability of this miniaturized OET system for manipulating and trapping multiple particles including polystyrene beads and live cells has been successfully demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(170.1530) Medical optics and biotechnology : Cell analysis
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(230.6046) Optical devices : Smart pixel systems

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: December 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 21, 2011
Published: January 27, 2011

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Alicja Zarowna-Dabrowska, Steven L. Neale, David Massoubre, Jonathan McKendry, Bruce R. Rae, Robert K. Henderson, Mervyn J. Rose, Huabing Yin, Jonathan M. Cooper, Erdan Gu, and Martin D. Dawson, "Miniaturized optoelectronic tweezers controlled by GaN micro-pixel light emitting diode arrays," Opt. Express 19, 2720-2728 (2011)

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