Document Type

Article

Publication Date

April 2018

Patent Number

9937359

CPC

A61N 5/0622, A61N 5/0603, A61N 2005/0605, A61N 2005/063, A61N 2005/0663, A61N 2005/067

Abstract

A novel method to stimulate electrically active biological cells using visible wavelength light and metallic nanoparticles possessing plasmonic properties is presented herein. Using this technology, prosthetic devices such as cochlear and retinal implants and cardiac pacemakers can be developed to have superior properties as compared to the currently utilized electrical stimulation designs. These properties include improved spatial resolution; less or non-invasive devices; and higher fidelity of transduction. An additional advantage of using visible light wavelengths is the avoidance of unwanted heating of surrounding tissue that occurs with infrared stimulation.

Application Number

15/048756

Assignees

University of South Florida

Filing Date

02/19/2016

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