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Today microelectronics techniques allow the combination of optics and microfluidics on the same chip to handle colloidal objects. The SiNaPS laboratory, in collaboration with the Near Field Optics Group of University of Burgundy and the Microelectronics Technologies Laboratory in Grenoble (LTM), has demonstrated optical trapping and self-assembly of 1µm diameter polystyrene particles in the near-field of an optical nanocavity.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.