The European project PIX4life has the ambition to become the world’s first open access pilot line for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC’s) targeting life science applications in the visible range.
(a) schematic of a commercially available MLE and (b) a SiN PIC combing the key functionalities
(a) Layout of the PIC
(b) Mechanical stage
“The focus of the work reported here is however rather on high-value instrumentation, namely Multi-Color Laser Engines (MLEs), a core element of cutting-edge biophotonic systems applied to confocal microscopy, fluorescent microscopy, including super-resolution Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy, flow cytometry, optogenetics, genetic analysis and DNA sequencing, to name just a few.
MLEs are required to provide excitation wavelengths for several commercially available biocompatible fluorophores.”