Micro fluidic channel actuator using optical force induced by evanescent field material coupling

Honggu Choi, Woosung Ha, Minkyu Park, Kyunghwan Oh

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Abstract

A hollow optical fiber (HOF) has an unique modal distribution of a central evanescent field due to its structure. The HOF consists of a central air hole, a Ge-doped ring core placed at the inmost layer, and silica cladding, which induces the weak evanescent field at the central hole. By the structure with geometric symmetry, it is possible to inject a refractive fluid into the hole and to modify the modal distribution. When a refractive index of the fluid is same with or higher than the core's, guiding of light becomes dominant at the center and the ringshaped field turns into a LP01 mode. During the process, optical force is induced and the net momentum of the fluid is changed. The direction of optical force is opposite to that of light propagation, and the fluid come to be dragged along the central channel in the HOF. In order to further investigate the phenomenon, we have changed the refractive index of the fluid and measured resultant optical force. The direction and strength of the optical force was dependent on the refractive index of the central fluid, which shows ample potential of the HOF as a refractive index sensor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event21st International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Duration: 2011 May 152011 May 19

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7753
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

Other21st International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
CountryCanada
CityOttawa, ON
Period11/5/1511/5/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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