Microfabrication of position reference patterns onto glass microscope slides for high-accurate analysis of dynamic cellular events
Glass microscopes slides are widely used as in situ base-substrates carrying diverse micro-fabricated systems or elements. For such purposes, the micro-fabrication process consists in transferring a pre-defined design onto the substrate made of a glass microscope slide. This is known as patterning, which is a technique that can also be used in transferring specific designs that allows region of interest (ROI) recovery under the microscope. In those cases, two main challenges appear: 1) Disturbances in light transmission should remain minimum to keep the high quality of observation of the object of interest under the microscope. 2) The pattern-size should then be small enough but, however, larger than the diffraction limit to be observable satisfactorily for positioning purposes. In this article, we present the procedures involved in the microfabrication of Pseudo-Periodic Patterns (PPP) encrypting the absolute position of an extended area. Those patterns are embedded in Pétri dishes in order to allow the high-accurate retrieval of absolute position and orientation. The presented microfabrication is based in a technique known as lift-off, which after parameter adjustment, allows the obtaining of PPP fulfilling the two previously mentioned requirements. The results report on PPP realized on glass microscope slides and composed by 2µm side dots made of aluminum with a thickness of 30nm.
Microtechnology, lift-off process, pseudo-periodic patterns, glass microscope slides, micropatterning.
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