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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Jan. 21, 2008
  • pp: 1020–1028

On the performance quantification of resonant refractive index sensors

Ian M. White and Xudong Fan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 1020-1028 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.001020


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Abstract

Refractive index (RI) sensors based on optical resonance techniques are receiving a high degree of attention because of the need to develop simple, low-cost, high-throughput detection technologies for a number of applications. While the sensing mechanism of most of the reported RI sensors is similar, the construction is quite different from technique to technique. It is desirable to have a uniform mechanism for comparing the various RI sensing techniques, but to date there exists a degree of variation as to how the sensing performance is quantified. Here we set forth a rigorous definition for the detection limit of resonant RI sensors that accounts for all parameters that affect the detection performance. Our work will enable a standard approach for quantifying and comparing the performance of optical resonance-based RI sensors. Additionally, it will lead to design strategies for performance improvement of RI sensors.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: October 31, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2008
Published: January 11, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Ian M. White and Xudong Fan, "On the performance quantification of resonant refractive index sensors," Opt. Express 16, 1020-1028 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-2-1020


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