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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4049–4056

Sensitivities of InGaAsP photonic crystal membrane nanocavities to hole refractive index

Mehmet A. Dündar, Els C.I. Ryckebosch, Richard Nötzel, Fouad Karouta, Leo J. van IJzendoorn, and Rob W. van der Heijden  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 4049-4056 (2010)

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The sensitivities of resonant wavelengths of photonic crystal (PhC) membrane nanocavities with embedded InAs quantum dots to the ambient refractive index are reported for use in (bio) chemical sensing. The resonances for the different modes of several point-defect type cavities are obtained by photoluminescence measurements. Systematic trends of the variation of sensitivity with increase of the overlap of the modes with the PhC holes are observed for varying cavity type as well as for a given mode within a cavity type. A maximum sensitivity of ~300 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) is observed, corresponding to ~25% mode overlap with the holes and complete infiltration with the aqueous solution.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2010
Published: February 16, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Mehmet A. Dündar, Els C.I. Ryckebosch, Richard Nötzel, Fouad Karouta, Leo J. van IJzendoorn, and Rob W. van der Heijden, "Sensitivities of InGaAsP photonic crystal membrane nanocavities to hole refractive index," Opt. Express 18, 4049-4056 (2010)

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