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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 24 — Nov. 22, 2010
  • pp: 25075–25080

Metamaterial localized resonance sensors: prospects and limitations

C. Jeppesen, S. Xiao, N. A. Mortensen, and A. Kristensen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 24, pp. 25075-25080 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.025075


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Abstract

The prospects and limitations of metamaterial localized resonance sensors are investigated theoretically and experimentally. Gold split-ring resonators are employed as the model system where the light induced LC-resonance yields a figure-of-merit, sensitivity divided by linewidth, up to 54 depending on the split-ring resonator design and engineering of the light-plasmon coupling. This highest measured value is comparable to quasi-static predictions, suggesting incremental improvements beyond this point. Further optimization attempts show the effect of inhomogeneous broadening giving some indication that the limits have been reached for this particular design and material choice.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: August 27, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 2010
Published: November 16, 2010

Citation
C. Jeppesen, S. Xiao, N. A. Mortensen, and A. Kristensen, "Metamaterial localized resonance sensors: prospects and limitations," Opt. Express 18, 25075-25080 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-24-25075


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