Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 141–144

Temperature sensor using ferrofluid thin film

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10404-008-0371-8

Cite this article as:
Zhang, D., Di, Z., Zou, Y. et al. Microfluid Nanofluid (2009) 7: 141. doi:10.1007/s10404-008-0371-8


A brand new design of temperature sensor using ferrofluid thin film is proposed in this paper. When magnetic field parallel to the plane of the ferrofluid thin film is applied, magnetic chains form in the same direction of the magnetic field, which results in the suppressing of optical transmission. It is observed that the optical transmission is changed by the ambient temperature, so that temperature sensor can be constructed by measuring the transmission power of a laser. The physics and the sensitivity of the temperature sensor are also analyzed.


Temperature sensorFerrofluidMagnetic chainsOptical transmissionSensitivity

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongchen Zhang
    • 1
  • Ziyun Di
    • 1
  • Yun Zou
    • 1
  • Xianfeng Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, The State Key Laboratory on Fiber Optic Local Area Communication Networks and Advanced Optical Communication SystemsShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina