Abstract

We report an integrated optofluidic micro-pump with a pair of mirrored stirrers of circulating micro-beads in a micro-channel, driven by plasmon-assisted optical manipulation with the excitation of a polarization rotating beam. H-shaped apertures (HSAs) on a gold surface produce strong near-field hot spots when they are illuminated with a light beam polarized parallel to the long axis of “H.” With the rotating of excitation polarization, loops of HSAs with gradually varied orientations can produce the circulation of hot spots, which can further trap micro-beads and make them go around in circles. A different sequence of HSAs can produce a different direction and phase of bead rotation, even under uniform excitation. A pair of mirrored circulations of micro-beads in a micro-channel can induce very effective directional flow. Through numerical modeling, we find that a group of non-synchronized multi-phase mirrored circulations can produce a very uniform flow rate with a speed of more than 10 micrometers per second. These micro-pumps can be heavily integrated and activated by a single beam, while the flow direction of each pump can be regulated, even under a uniform excitation. Our design proposes a new approach for the flow pumping in micro- and nanofluidic devices.

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