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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1472–1474

Gel-based optical waveguides with live cell encapsulation and integrated microfluidics

Aadhar Jain, Allen H.J. Yang, and David Erickson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1472-1474 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.001472


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Abstract

In this Letter, we demonstrate a biocompatible microscale optical device fabricated from agarose hydrogel that allows for encapsulation of cells inside an optical waveguide. This allows for better interaction between the light in the waveguide and biology, since it can interact with the direct optical mode rather than the evanescent field. We characterize the optical properties of the waveguide and further incorporate a microfluidic channel over the optical structure, thus developing an integrated optofluidic system fabricated entirely from agarose gel.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: January 30, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2012
Published: April 24, 2012

Citation
Aadhar Jain, Allen H.J. Yang, and David Erickson, "Gel-based optical waveguides with live cell encapsulation and integrated microfluidics," Opt. Lett. 37, 1472-1474 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-9-1472

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