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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3546–3555

Surface plasmon coupling enhanced dielectric environment sensitivity in a quasi-three-dimensional metallic nanohole array

Yuanyuan Li, Jian Pan, Peng Zhan, Shining Zhu, Naiben Ming, Zhenlin Wang, Wenda Han, Xunya Jiang, and Jian Zi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 3546-3555 (2010)

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An enhanced dielectric environment response is observed in a kind of metallic nanohole arrays which are prepared by metal deposition on a sacrificial two dimensional colloidal crystal template. The periodic metallic structures are composed of interlinked metallic half-shells supported on a planar dielectric substrate. When putting in dielectric matrix of different refractive index, the measured sensitivity of the quasi-three-dimensional metallic nanohole array can reach a value of 1192 nm per refractive index unit which shows a five-fold increase as compared with the metallic structures supported on the template. The observed boost in sensitivity is found to originate from a substantially reduced substrate effect, resulting in a pronounced surface plasmon coupling of which its strength is independent of the dielectric environment, a characteristics absent in conventional planar metallic subwavelength hole arrays. These findings are analyzed theoretically and confirmed by numerical simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2009
Published: February 3, 2010

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Yuanyuan Li, Jian Pan, Peng Zhan, Shining Zhu, Naiben Ming, Zhenlin Wang, Wenda Han, Xunya Jiang, and Jian Zi, "Surface plasmon coupling enhanced dielectric environment sensitivity in a quasi-three-dimensional metallic nanohole array," Opt. Express 18, 3546-3555 (2010)

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