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Development of micro optical viscosity sensor with focus control system for in-process monitoring

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4 Author(s)
Taguchi, Y. ; Dept. of Syst. Design Eng., Keio Univ., Yokohama, Japan ; Nagamachi, R. ; Abe, H. ; Nagasaka, Y.

We have developed a novel micro optical viscosity sensor (MOVS) based on a laser-induced capillary wave with focus control system enabling non-contact, short-time (several hundreds of nano seconds), small sample volume (several tens of micro litters), and high-stability in situ / in vivo measurement. The microfabricated MOVS chip consists of two deep trenches holding photonic crystal fibers for laser excitation, and three shallow trenches holding the lensed-fibers for probing / detecting and focus controlling. The optical interference fringe excited by two pulsed laser beams heats the sample surface, and the temporal behavior of surface geometry is detected as a first-order diffracted beam, which contains the information of liquid properties (viscosity and surface tension). In order to verify the applicability of MOVS chip for the in-process monitoring of viscosity, the preliminary measurement using acetone are demonstrated.

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Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, 2009 IEEE/LEOS International Conference on

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17-20 Aug. 2009