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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 18 — Sep. 5, 2005
  • pp: 6956–6963

Optical manipulation of microparticles and cells on silicon nitride waveguides

S. Gaugiran, S. Gétin, J. Fedeli, G. Colas, A. Fuchs, F. Chatelain, and J. Dérouard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 18, pp. 6956-6963 (2005)

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We demonstrate the optical manipulation of cells and dielectric particles on the surface of silicon nitride waveguides. Glass particles with 2µm diameter are propelled at velocities of 15µm/s with a guided power of 20mW. This is approximately 20 times more efficient than previously reported, and permits to use this device on low refractive index objects such as cells. Red blood cells and yeast cells can be trapped on the waveguide and pushed along it by the action of optical forces. This kind of system can easily be combined with various integrated optical structures and opens the way to the development of new microsystems for cell sorting applications.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2005
Published: September 5, 2005

S. Gaugiran, S. Gétin, J. Fedeli, G. Colas, A. Fuchs, F. Chatelain, and J. Dérouard, "Optical manipulation of microparticles and cells on silicon nitride waveguides," Opt. Express 13, 6956-6963 (2005)

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