Vertical-cavity semiconductor devices for fluorescence spectroscopy in biochips and microfluidic platforms

P. A. Porta, H. D. Summers

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This paper describes the properties of vertical-cavity semiconductor devices designed to emit light when driven in forward bias mode and detect optical radiation at wavelengths longer than that of emission when driven in reverse bias mode. The study of this type of devices is motivated by the miniaturization and integration into a single unit of the three functions that a microfluorimeter has to perform, optical pumping, optical detection, and optical filtering of weak light sources. The devices produced can generate fluorescence with a low output power since their emission wavelength can be tuned with that of maximum absorption of the fluorescent dye. We demonstrate also that they can detect low power fluorescence generated in a small volume of concentrated solution of a commercial dye. These devices can find useful application in microanalytical systems such as microfluidic devices or optical biochips.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034001
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2005


  • Microfluorimeters
  • Optical detection
  • Optical filtering
  • Optical pumping
  • Spectroscopy
  • Vertical-cavity semiconductors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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