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On-Channel Integrated Optofluidic Pressure Sensor with Optically Boosted Sensitivity

Abstract : A novel optofluidic sensor that measures the local pressure of the fluid inside a microfluidic channel is presented. It can be integrated directly on-channel and requires no additional layers in fabrication. The detection can be accomplished at a single wavelength; and thereby, only a single laser diode and a single photodetector are required. This renders the sensor to be compact, cheap and easy to fabricate. Basically, the sensor consisted of a Fabry-Pérot microresonator enclosing the fluidic channel. A novel structure of the Fabry-Pérot was employed to achieve high-quality factor, that was essential to facilitate the single wavelength detection. The enhanced performance was attributed to the curved mirrors and cylindrical lenses used to avoid light diffraction loss. The presented sensor was fabricated and tested with deionized water liquid and shown to exhibit a sensitivity up to 12.46 dBm/bar, and a detection limit of 8.2 mbar. Numerical simulations are also presented to evaluate the mechanical-fluidic performance of the device.
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Noha Gaber, Ahmad Altayyeb, Sherif Soliman, Yasser Sabry, Frédéric Marty, et al.. On-Channel Integrated Optofluidic Pressure Sensor with Optically Boosted Sensitivity. Sensors, MDPI, 2019, 19 (4), pp.944. ⟨10.3390/s19040944⟩. ⟨hal-02437714⟩

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