Abstract: In the last seven years, optoelectronic tweezers using optically-induced dielectrophoretic (ODEP) force have been explored experimentally with much success in manipulating micro/nano objects. However, not much has been done in terms of in-depth understanding of the ODEP-based manipulation process or optimizing the input physical parameters to maximize ODEP force. We present our work on analyzing two significant influencing factors in generating ODEP force on a-Si:H based ODEP chips: (1) the waveforms of the AC electric potential across the fluidic medium in an ODEP chip based microfluidic platform; and (2) optical spectrum of the light image projected onto the ODEP chip. Theoretical and simulation results indicate that when square waves are used as the AC electric potential instead of sine waves, ODEP force can double. Moreover, numerical results show that ODEP force increases with increasing optical frequency of the projected light on an ODEP chip following the Fermi-Dirac function, validating that the optically-induced dielectrophoresis force depends strongly on the electron-hole carrier generation phenomena in optoelectronic materials. Qualitative experimental results that validate the numerical results are also presented in this paper.
Keywords: optically-induced dielectrophoresis; ODEP force; dielectrophoresis; DEP force; micro-manipulation; micro-assembly
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Liang, W.; Wang, S.; Dong, Z.; Lee, G.-B.; Li, W.J. Optical Spectrum and Electric Field Waveform Dependent Optically-Induced Dielectrophoretic (ODEP) Micro-Manipulation. Micromachines 2012, 3, 492-508.
Liang W, Wang S, Dong Z, Lee G-B, Li WJ. Optical Spectrum and Electric Field Waveform Dependent Optically-Induced Dielectrophoretic (ODEP) Micro-Manipulation. Micromachines. 2012; 3(2):492-508.
Liang, Wenfeng; Wang, Shue; Dong, Zaili; Lee, Gwo-Bin; Li, Wen J. 2012. "Optical Spectrum and Electric Field Waveform Dependent Optically-Induced Dielectrophoretic (ODEP) Micro-Manipulation." Micromachines 3, no. 2: 492-508.