Labs-on-a-chip incorporate onto a single glass substrate the functionalities of a complet biological laboratory, through a network of microfluidic channels, reservoirs, pumps and microsensors. Their main advantages are high sensitivity, speed of analysis, low sample and reagent consumption, and the possibility of measurement automation and standardization.
Traditional approaches to produce them largely rely on techniques inherited from the semiconductor industry. These methods are well suited for mass-production but offer little flexibility and are time-consuming when it comes to produce complex networks.
The growing market of complex Labs-On-Chips requires brand new tools. Laser based techniques are compatible with a high level of integration and are the only way of directly and simply processing 3D structures into bulk materials.
Ultrafast laser enable both direct micro-processing with a high resolution, direct waveguide writing in transparent materials, and can be used on a wide range of different materials.
Amplitude Systèmes offers a large range of ultrafast lasers suitable for Lab-On-Chip fabrication, from the process development stage to industrial integration.