Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Tunable meta-fluidic-materials base on multilayered microfluidic system

Zhu, W.M. ; Dong, B. ; Song, Q.H. ; Zhang, W. ; Huang, R.F. ; Ting, S.K. ; Liu, A.Q.


We demonstrate a multilayered microfluidic system with a flexible substrate, which has tunable optical chirality within THz spectrum range. The optical properties of the multilayered microfluidic system can be tuned by either changing the liquid pumped into each layer or stretching the flexible substrate. In experiment, the polarization rotation angle is tuned from zero (non-chiral structure) to 16.9° (strong-chiral structure). Furthermore, the tuning resolution can be well controlled due to the fine refractive index change of the liquid with different concentrations. It is feasible for the multilayered microfluidic structure to be integrated to an optofluidic system, where strong or tunable optical chirality are needed, which not only can be used as traditional optical components such as THz polarizers and filters but also has potential applications on imaging and sensor of bio-materials.

This study was performed using TeraView's TPS Spectra 3000 system. (TeraView, Cambridge, UK)

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