A new study demonstrates a new light source that can be used to manipulate and sort semiconductors with the help of an integrated photonic device.
Yuchuan Jian from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) explained that many previous experiments have attempted to tap into the potential of linking nanophotonics and nanomechanics by employing concentrated light.
He explained that photonic-crystal (PhC) slab cavities, which are commonly used in optical switching and ultra-small lasers, can be used to establish such a link between nanophotonics and nanomechanics.
Mr Yuchuan suggested that this technology could be particularly useful in biosensing and cell/DNA isolation, as a result of its capability to locally address individual nanorods.
"PhCs as operational, versatile planar light sources are urgently needed for future on-chip, integrated, nanoscale photonic circuits," he said.
SPIE is an international organisation which is dedicated to advancing light-based technologies and organises industry forums, with a constituent community of more than 188,000.