A micro optofluidic lens with short focal length
Asundi, Anand Krishna
Date of Issue2009
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
A micro optofluidic lens is formed by laminar streams of immiscible liquids with different refractive indices. This paper reports modelling and characterization for a new design of a micro optofluidic lens. The lens has a circular chamber allowing the formation of interfaces with a perfect arc shape. The inlet and the outlet of the lens chamber are placed with an offset to the chamber axis to achieve a radius of curvature smaller than the limiting chamber radius. A model mathematically predicts the relationship between the flow rate ratio and the curvature of the interface and the resulting focal length. The device was fabricated and tested with laser light guided by optical fibres. Experiments were carried out to verify the analytical model. Benzyl alcohol and ethylene glycol were used as optical media to form the lens. Due to the small radius of curvature, better focusing ability than the previous symmetric design was achieved. On-chip focusing with fibre-to-fibre transmission was demonstrated with this micro optofluidic lens.
Journal of micromechanics and microengineering
© 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, IOP Publishing Ltd. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: DOI:[http://dx.doi.org.ezlibproxy1.ntu.edu.sg/10.1088/0960-1317/19/8/085012].