Fiber optic microwell arrays support sensitive biological analyses and offer economic advantages over conventional arrays. Researchers use microwell arrays to gather high-speed, high-density direct contact data reliably from fluorescence- and luminescence-based assays.
Incom mates fiber optic faceplates to standard 96-, 384-, and 1536-well microtiter plates, coats fiber optic faceplates with a polymer material using a photolithographic process and chemically removes fiber cores to specified depths. Scientists can specify well diameters, depths, and well-to-well spacings; each well can be interrogated by over 50 million optical fibers per square inch to provide exceptional resolution. Incom’s fiber optic faceplates act as an image-plane transfer device in which the image is transferred from one side of the faceplate to the other. This enhances resolution and increases signal-to-noise ratio when compared to a conventional glass or polystyrene bottom.