Abstract

A microvalve is a key part in a multilayer microfluidic device to control the fluid flow, and its thickness directly determines its performance. In this paper, a three-dimensional measurement technology using a white-light confocal microscope is developed for measuring both the topography and thickness of microvalves. The impact of system parameters and sample parameters on measurement accuracy is discussed in detail, particularly for measurement with a dry objective. With this technique, the microvalve thicknesses before and after bonding were characterized with submicrometer measurement sensitivity and about 1μm measurement accuracy.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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