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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 12 — Jun. 16, 2014
  • pp: 15049–15063

Phase modulation and structural effects in a D-shaped all-solid photonic crystal fiber surface plasmon resonance sensor

Zhixin Tan, Xin Hao, Yonghong Shao, Yuzhi Chen, Xuejin Li, and Ping Fan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 12, pp. 15049-15063 (2014)

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We numerically investigate a D-shaped fiber surface plasmon resonance sensor based on all-solid photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with finite element method. In the side-polished PCF sensor, field leakage is guided to penetrate through the gap between the rods, causing a pronounced phase modulation in the deep polishing case. Taking advantage of these amplified phase shifts, a high-performance fiber sensor design is proposed. The significant enhancements arising from this new sensor design should lift the performance of the fiber SPR sensor into the range capable of detecting a wide range of biochemical interactions, which makes it especially attractive for many in vivo and in situ bioanalysis applications. Several parameters which influence the field leakage, such as the polishing position, the pitch of the PCF, and the rod diameter, are inspected to evaluate their impacts. Furthermore, we develop a mathematical model to describe the effects of varying the structural parameters of a D-shaped PCF sensor on the evanescent field and the sensor performance.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

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Original Manuscript: April 28, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 31, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 4, 2014
Published: June 11, 2014

Zhixin Tan, Xin Hao, Yonghong Shao, Yuzhi Chen, Xuejin Li, and Ping Fan, "Phase modulation and structural effects in a D-shaped all-solid photonic crystal fiber surface plasmon resonance sensor," Opt. Express 22, 15049-15063 (2014)

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