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In this paper, the fabrication and characterization of PDMS 2D-optical lenses are reported. These lenses are designed in order to improve the performance of fluorescent spectroscopy detection performed on a portable chip using optical fibers. The fabrication process of the PDMS layer is first detailed, and the patterns are then checked with a SEM. By comparing various interfacial structures, it is shown that the beam properties of the light coming out from the fiber can be modified depending on the lens curvature radius. As a consequence, for a constant dye concentration, the use of such lenses can increase the intensity of fluorescent response close to the fiber or far from the fiber, compared to the same design with a flat interface. This excitation improvement corresponding to a stronger response from the dye then consequently leads to around three times higher sensitivity of the on-chip detection method for fluorescent spectroscopy.
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