Nano-structure launched surface waves for cellular imaging in the Flatland

Biomedical studies for interactions between a cell and its extra-cellular matrix (ECM), and the cell itself is one of the most active research areas for molecular and cell biology, as dynamics of these regulatory activities and the underlying signal transduction pathways are important markers for embryonic development and tumor formation. The manipulation of surface waves with nanostructures paves the way towards this area of bio-imaging since light can be totally controlled in a confined environment called the "Flatland" with localized fields. We aim to expand the horizon of "cellular imaging in the Flatland" by examining the interaction of surface waves with biological materials.