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1. WO2020023038 - CHAMP ÉLECTRIQUE NON UNIFORME POUR POSITIONNER DES OBJETS

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An apparatus, comprising:

a well plate having at least one well;

an array of electrodes positioned on a surface of a bottom floor of the well; and a controller to direct electrical voltage to the electrodes to generate a non-uniform electrical field, the electrical field being to direct an object in the electrical field to a target position in the well.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the array of electrodes includes electrodes arranged in a concentric formation.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the electrodes are transparent.

4. The apparatus of claim 3, further comprising:

an imaging portion positioned under the bottom floor of the well, the imaging portion to image an object through the electrodes.

5. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the electrodes are formed of indium tin oxide.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the electrical field is generated by a temporally constant alternating current.

7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the controller is to temporally vary strength of the electrical field based on a position of the object.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the electrodes are positioned on an inside surface of the bottom floor of the well.

9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the electrodes are positioned on an outside surface of the bottom floor of the well.

10. A system, comprising:

a well plate including at least one well;

an array of electrodes formed on a bottom surface of the well;

an alternating current (AC) power source coupled to each electrode in the array of electrodes;

an imaging portion positioned under the bottom surface of the well; and

a controller to:

apply voltage from the AC power source to the electrodes to generate a non-uniform electrical field, the non-uniform electrical field being to direct an object in the well to a target position on the bottom surface of the well; and

operate the imaging portion to image the object through the electrodes, the electrodes being transparent to the imaging portion.

11. The system of claim 10, wherein the voltage from the AC power source is temporally constant.

12. The system of claim 10, wherein the controller is to temporally vary strength of the electrical field based on a position of the object.

13. The system of claim 10, further comprising:

a movable stage, the well plate being positioned on the movable stage,

wherein the controller is to move the movable stage to selectively align a selected well of the well plate with the imaging portion.

14. The system of claim 10, further comprising:

a robotic pick mechanism, the controller to align a selected well of the well plate with the robotic pick mechanism, the robotic pick mechanism being to pick up an object from within the well.

15. An apparatus, comprising:

a well plate having at least one well;

an array of electrodes positioned on a bottom surface of the well; and

a controller to direct electrical voltage to the electrodes to generate an electrical field, the electrical field to produce a traveling wave dielectrophoresis (DEP) force in at least two directions, the DEP force being to direct an object in the well to a target position in the well.