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Lab-on-a-chip with integrated optical transducers

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Taking the next step from individual functional components to higher integrated devices, we present a feasibility study of a lab-on-a-chip system with five different components monolithically integrated on one substrate. These five components represent three main domains of microchip technology: optics, fluidics and electronics. In particular, this device includes an on-chip optically pumped liquid dye laser, waveguides and fluidic channels with passive diffusive mixers, all defined in one layer of SU-8 polymer, as well as embedded photodiodes in the silicon substrate. The dye laser emits light at 576 nm, which is directly coupled into five waveguides that bring the light to five different locations along a fluidic channel for absorbance measurements. The transmitted portion of the light is collected at the other side of this cuvette, again by waveguides, and finally detected by the photodiodes. Electrical read-out is accomplished by integrated metal connectors. To our knowledge, this is the first time that integration of all these components has been demonstrated.

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The article was received on 06 Sep 2005, accepted on 06 Dec 2005 and first published on 22 Dec 2005

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B512546D
Citation: Lab Chip, 2006,6, 213-217
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    Lab-on-a-chip with integrated optical transducers

    S. Balslev, A. M. Jorgensen, B. Bilenberg, K. B. Mogensen, D. Snakenborg, O. Geschke, J. P. Kutter and A. Kristensen, Lab Chip, 2006, 6, 213
    DOI: 10.1039/B512546D

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