Optofluidics of plants
Demetri Psaltis1,a), Andreas E. Vasdekis1,2,b) and Jae-Woo Choi1
1 Optics Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne 1015, Switzerland
2 Department of Physics, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 83844, USA
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APL Photonics 1, 020901 (2016); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4947228
Optofluidics is a tool for synthesizing optical systems, making use of the interaction of light with fluids. In this paper we explore optofluidic mechanisms that have evolved in plants where sunlight and fluidic control combine to define most of the functionality of the plan. We hope that the presentation of how plants function, from an optofluidics point of view, will open a window for the optics community to the vast literature of plant physiology and provide inspiration for new ideas for the design of bio-mimetic optofluidic devices.
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