The Study of Fabrication of the Liquid Core Waveguide Nutrient Sensor
A novel nutrient sensor using liquid core waveguide technique is reported, implementing Teflon AF 1601S coated microchannels. Straight PDMS microchannels replicated from a master were coated with Teflon AF 1601S and sealed with a Teflon AF 1601S coated Pyrex 7740 wafer. It formed a liquid core waveguide with a low index of refraction channel in which a high index aqueous solution was flowed. Light generated by a fiber-coupled tungsten halogen lamp propagated by total internal reflection to the end of the channel where the light was detected using a CCD array spectrometer. There is a dramatic difference between channels with and without a Teflon coating. The absorbance response of this sensor varies linearly with concentration. This innovative technique provides a potentially low-cost and high efficient approach to fill the inspection technology gap between in-situ and laboratory analyses. It is believed that the novel process is expected to give an impact to the aqueous inspection and to create a highly value-added technology in optical test, measurement industry.
Guo Fan JIN, Wing Bun LEE, Chi Fai CHEUNG and Suet TO
C. W. Wu et al., "The Study of Fabrication of the Liquid Core Waveguide Nutrient Sensor ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 364-366, pp. 425-430, 2008