This paper presents the design, fabrication, and testing of a multi-channel microfluidic system specifically designed for use with porous microbeads that can serve as both reagent sources and detectors. The system contains anisotropically etched reservoirs in which reagent source and detector beads are located, and microchannels that are fabricated on both side of the wafer to connect the each reservoir. Fluids are transported from reagent source bead reservoirs to "downstream" reservoirs containing detector beads. The system employs airflow channels to control liquid flow. Finally, the system is completed with PDMS covers on the top and bottom of the device to seal the channels. We have tested the complete system with sample fluid, showing control of liquid flow using the air channels. The result indicates that this system may be useful in biochemical applications where both reagent sources and receptor sites are combined.
Numerical simulation of the affect of a micromachined tunable Fabry-Perot cavity on the performance of microbolometer is conducted. In particular, the ability of such a tuning structure to allow the determination of effective temperature of an object is studied. Assuming incoming infrared radiation from a blackbody source has a certain distribution of wavelengths for a specific temperature, and scanning over different Fabry-Perot gaps while using a total power detector such as a microbolometer, it is possible to predict the original blackbody spectrum. Comparing the original blackbody spectrum with the predicted spectrum, the optimum interval over which the gaps must be scanned can be determined.