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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1423–1429

Design criteria for microstructured-optical-fiber-based surface-plasmon-resonance sensors

Alireza Hassani and Maksim Skorobogatiy  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 6, pp. 1423-1429 (2007)

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Design strategies for microstructured-optical-fiber (MOF-) based surface-plasmon-resonance (SPR) sensors are presented. In such sensors, plasmons on the inner surface of the large metallized channels containing analyte can be excited by a fundamental mode of a single-mode microstructured fiber. Phase matching between a plasmon and a core mode can be enforced by introducing air-filled microstructures into the fiber core. Particularly, in its simplest implementation, the effective refractive index of a fundamental mode can be lowered to match that of a plasmon by introducing a small central hole into the fiber core. Resolution of the MOF-based sensors is demonstrated to be as low as 3 × 10 5 RIU , where RIU means refractive index unit. The ability to integrate large-size microfluidic channels for efficient analyte flow together with a single-mode waveguide of designable modal refractive index is attractive for the development of integrated highly sensitive MOF-SPR sensors operating at any designable wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: October 4, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 10, 2007
Published: May 17, 2007

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Alireza Hassani and Maksim Skorobogatiy, "Design criteria for microstructured-optical-fiber-based surface-plasmon-resonance sensors," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 1423-1429 (2007)

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