, Volume 4, Issue 1-2, pp 97-105
Date: 08 Sep 2007

Tunable optofluidic devices

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Abstract

The emerging field of optofluidics provides exciting opportunities for the realization of tunable optofluidic devices (TODs) using a large variety of physical mechanisms. This is because microfluidics is a promising technology for achieving a high degree of tunability—a capability that is not available in many of the current optical devices. In addition, microfluidics holds a great potential for rapid prototyping, miniaturization and integration. TODs already find commercial applications in various fields such as display and imaging, and are expected to become a key player in future optical systems for biology, medicine, communication and information processing. We review the recent progress in the field and discuss potential future directions.