Optofluidic microcavities : dye-lasers and biosensors

Y. Chen, L. Lei, K. Zhang, J. Shi, L. Wang, H. Li, Xuming Zhang, Y. Wang, H.L.W. Chan

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Optofluidic microcavities are integrated elements of microfluidics that can be explored for a large variety of applications. In this review, we first introduce the physics basis of optical microcavities and microflow control. Then, we describe four types of optofluidic dye lasers developed so far based on both simple and advanced device fabrication technologies. To illustrate the application potential of such devices, we present two types of laser intracavity measurements for chemical solution and single cell analyses. In addition, the possibility of single molecule detection is discussed. All these recent achievements demonstrated the great importance of the topics in biology and several other disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2010


  • Biological techniques
  • BioMEMS
  • Biosensors
  • Cellular biophysics
  • Dye lasers
  • Microfluidics
  • Molecular biophysics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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