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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Sep. 24, 2012
  • pp: 22314–22326

Electro-optofluidics: achieving dynamic control on-chip

Mohammad Soltani, James T. Inman, Michal Lipson, and Michelle D. Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 22314-22326 (2012)

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A vital element in integrated optofluidics is dynamic tuning and precise control of photonic devices, especially when employing electronic techniques which are challenging to utilize in an aqueous environment. We overcome this challenge by introducing a new platform in which the photonic device is controlled using electro-optical phase tuning. The phase tuning is generated by the thermo-optic effect using an on-chip electric microheater located outside the fluidic channel, and is transmitted to the optofluidic device through optical waveguides. The microheater is compact, high-speed (> 18 kHz), and consumes low power (~mW). We demonstrate dynamic optical trapping control of nanoparticles by an optofluidic resonator. This novel electro-optofluidic platform allows the realization of high throughput optofluidic devices with switching, tuning, and reconfiguration capability, and promises new directions in optofluidics.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 15, 2012
Published: September 14, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Mohammad Soltani, James T. Inman, Michal Lipson, and Michelle D. Wang, "Electro-optofluidics: achieving dynamic control on-chip," Opt. Express 20, 22314-22326 (2012)

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