Direct Contact Fiber Optic Plates for the Detection of Luminescent Cells
by Drs. David W. Stowe and Michael J. Minot, explains the advantages of fiber optics when used for detection and readout of the optical signals from microarrays. Fiber optic plates use fused optical fibers to transfer images coherently from the microarray to the sensor, which significantly enhances system performance in certain direct contact imaging applications.
This paper also reviews applications of microarrays, discusses performance criteria and limitations of fiber optic plates used for direct contact detection, and calculates the signal-to-noise advantage. The paper also gives suggestions for advances in components and instrumentation.
High Density Low Cost Microfluidic Addressable Microwell Biochips
by Dr. Michael J. Minot and Christopher A. Craven of Incom and Dr. George Cernigliaro of MicroChem Corp, is an illustration that shows the process by which Incom and MicroChem have worked together to produce a next generation product that incorporates patterned microwells formed from a photopatterned epoxy layer adhered to the glass fiber optic substrate.
X-Ray Attenuation Modeling
Incom’s research efforts have provided us with an understanding of the relationships between X-Ray photon energy, glass formualtions, and core/cladding fractional area on X-Ray attenuation. Beyond what is found in this paper Incom has multiple materials that have been optimized to attenuate 99.9% of X-Rays and the thinnest fiber optic plates manufacturable.