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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 19 — Sep. 14, 2009
  • pp: 16505–16517

Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors: approaching their limits?

Marek Piliarik and Jiří Homola  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 19, pp. 16505-16517 (2009)

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We report on a unified theoretical model of the resolution of SPR sensors which makes it possible to predict the ultimate performance of all major configurations of SPR sensors. The theory indicates that the performance of SPR sensors is independent of the method of excitation of surface plasmons (prism or grating coupling) or the method of modulation (amplitude, angular or wavelength) and depends dominantly on the noise properties of the light source and detector. Results of the theoretical analysis are compared with the performance reported for several SPR sensors to illustrate that the best state-of-art SPR sensors are approaching their theoretical limits. Possibilities for further advances in the performance of SPR sensor technology are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: July 21, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 28, 2009
Published: September 1, 2009

Marek Piliarik and Jiří Homola, "Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors: approaching their limits?," Opt. Express 17, 16505-16517 (2009)

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