Ultrafast laser writing of waveguides in glasses is a very flexible and simple method for direct on-chip integration of photonic devices. In this work we present a monolithic optofluidic device in fused silica providing label-free and spatially-resolved sensing in a microfluidic channel. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer is inscribed with the sensing arm orthogonally crossing the microfluidic channel and the reference arm passing over it. The interferometer is integrated either with a microchannel fabricated by femtosecond laser technology or into a commercial lab-on-chip for capillary electrophoresis. The device layout, made possible by the unique three-dimensional capabilities of the technique, enables label-free sensing of samples flowing in the microchannel with spatial resolution of about 10 um and limit of detection down to 10e-4 RIU.
- IOMS-SNS: SENSORS
- EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP6/034562