Different curvatures of tunable liquid microlens via the control of laminar flow rate

Seow, Y. C.; Liu, A. Q.; Chin, L. K.; Li, X. C.; Huang, H. J.; Cheng, T. H.; Zhou, X. Q.
August 2008
Applied Physics Letters;8/25/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 8, p084101
Academic Journal
This letter reports the tunable liquid microlens using three laminar flows injected into an expansion chamber. Different lens shapes and curvatures can be achieved and tuned through the control of three flow rates. The expansion chamber is designed to improve the fluidic stability and maintain the ideal lens shape for precise microscale optical measurement. The optical aberration is also eliminated by minimizing the diffusive broadening at the interfaces. The collimation and focusing capabilities of three liquid microlenses are demonstrated. The tunable liquid microlens is promising as a tool to realize different optical components that can be integrated onto a microchip.


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