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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Jun. 12, 2006
  • pp: 5641–5650

Comparison between sensitivities of phase and intensity detection in surface plasmon resonance

B. Ran and S. G. Lipson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 5641-5650 (2006)

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We have experimentally and theoretically compared intensity and phase measurements of surface plasmon resonance, in order to check the widely claimed superiority of the phase method. Both experiment and theory show a slightly higher sensitivity for intensity detection. Simulations confirm that this result is generally true for a wide range of resonance conditions. The basic reason is that phase measurements must be performed by measuring light intensities in some way, and therefore both modes of operation are limited in similar ways by photon statistics. Sensitivity can only be improved by using larger light intensities.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: April 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 18, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2006
Published: June 12, 2006

B. Ran and S. G. Lipson, "Comparison between sensitivities of phase and intensity detection in surface plasmon resonance," Opt. Express 14, 5641-5650 (2006)

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