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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13811–13824

A highly flexible platform for nanowire sensor assembly using a combination of optically induced and conventional dielectrophoresis

Yen-Heng Lin, Kai-Siang Ho, Chin-Tien Yang, Jung-Hao Wang, and Chao-Sung Lai  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13811-13824 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.013811


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Abstract

The number and position of assembled nanowires cannot be controlled using most nanowire sensor assembling methods. In this paper, we demonstrate a high-yield, highly flexible platform for nanowire sensor assembly using a combination of optically induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) and conventional dielectrophoresis (DEP). With the ODEP platform, optical images can be used as virtual electrodes to locally turn on a non-contact DEP force and manipulate a micron- or nano-scale substance suspended in fluid. Nanowires were first moved next to the previously deposited metal electrodes using optical images and, then, were attracted to and arranged in the gap between two electrodes through DEP forces generated by switching on alternating current signals to the metal electrodes. A single nanowire can be assembled within 24 seconds using this approach. In addition, the number of nanowires in a single nanowire sensor can be controlled, and the assembly of a single nanowire on each of the adjacent electrodes can also be achieved. The electrical properties of the assembled nanowires were characterized by IV curve measurement. Additionally, the contact resistance between the nanowires and electrodes and the stickiness between the nanowires and substrates were further investigated in this study.

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OCIS Codes
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: March 11, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 2014
Published: May 30, 2014

Citation
Yen-Heng Lin, Kai-Siang Ho, Chin-Tien Yang, Jung-Hao Wang, and Chao-Sung Lai, "A highly flexible platform for nanowire sensor assembly using a combination of optically induced and conventional dielectrophoresis," Opt. Express 22, 13811-13824 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-11-13811


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