Discussion

  • For this project, the goal was to successfully imbed a WGM microresonator into a pH hydrogel solution made from acrylic acid and have the resonator retain the a high enough Q factor in order to be used in various optical biosensing applications
  • After modifying the original method, a Q factor to the magnitude of 105 was measured and while this was lower than anticipated, it was still groundbreaking in the field of biosensing and has the potential for even more success in the future

Conclusions & Recommendations

  • After testing the imbedding of the WGM resonators in the PAA hydrogel it was found that energy was still stored in the resonator while it was in the hydrogel
  • While it was not to the same degree as the amount of energy stored in a resonator in air, the consistency the method used showcased the reliability and potential that the project has as a mass-produced product

Future Work

From the perspective of the client, Dr. Lan Yang who is also the project advisor, her laboratory plans on continuing the experiment in the future in hopes of increasing the Q factor.