This WG will concentrate on the investigation of li ght guiding, routing and shaping in isotropic and anisotropic fluids, both from the undamental point of view and applicative aspects, respectively. The key innovation will be the development of new strategies inspired by different fluidic systems, aimed to improve performances and overcome limitations of present microfluidics and optofluidics devices. Nanophotonics approaches to engineer light sources, detectors, optical elements, devices for high resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and sensing in microfluidic environment will bedeveloped. From the point of view of photonics, this WG will concentrate on developing new devices for optofluidics following cutting-edge emerging trends. Among these, reconfigurability that some fluids can add to the design of photonic devices, ranging from a complete exchange of media assets to the dynamic control of optical functions, will have strong priority.
The scientific workplan for WG1 activities will include:
- Photonics for microfluidics (i.e., creating structures, channels and other microfluidic chip configurations in 2D and 3D by direct laser writing, soft lithography, e-beam, etc.).
- Microfluidics for photonics (i.e., rapid tunability of resonator devices; development of anoptofluidics platform containing microfluidic channels, optical waveguides, and electrical contacts for development of novel applications in photonics).
- High resolution imaging, spectroscopy and sensing in microfluidic environment.
- Optofluidics for nonlinear optics (i.e. nonlinearinteractions in nano-waveguides and photonic crystals, nonlinear optical phenomena of anisotropic media inmicrofluidics environment,etc.).
- Electric field effects coupled to optofluidics (i.e., opto-electric tweezers for microfluidic applications).
- Multifunctional platforms for biomedicine (i.e.,single-use chips, standardized systems for easy connection).
This WG will contribute to all objectives mentioned in part C which are related to its research topics.
Main expected achievements: new concepts for the fabrication of photonic key elements such as splitters, routers, switches, possibly fabricated by nonlinear fluids, optofluidic light sources.