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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 18426–18436

Surface plasmon resonance sensor utilizing an integrated organic light emitting diode

Jörg Frischeisen, Christian Mayr, Nils A. Reinke, Stefan Nowy, and Wolfgang Brütting  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 18426-18436 (2008)

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A novel surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor based on an integrated planar and polychromatic light source is presented. The sensor comprises an organic light emitting diode (OLED) and a metallic sensing layer located on opposite sides of a glass prism. We successfully fabricated and tested prototype sensors based on this approach by the use of different prism geometries and OLEDs with blue, green and red emission color. We investigated the angular and wavelength dependent SPR dispersion relation for sensing layers consisting of silver and gold in contact with air. Further on we demonstrated the sensor function by real time monitoring of temperature changes inside an adjacent water reservoir as well as by recording the dissolving process of sodium chloride in water. The presented technique offers the advantage that there is no necessity to couple light from external bulky sources such as lasers or halogen lamps into the sensing device which makes it particularly interesting for miniaturization.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: July 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 23, 2008
Published: October 24, 2008

Jörg Frischeisen, Christian Mayr, Nils A. Reinke, Stefan Nowy, and Wolfgang Brütting, "Surface plasmon resonance sensor utilizing an integrated organic light emitting diode," Opt. Express 16, 18426-18436 (2008)

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