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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 1 — Jan. 3, 2011
  • pp: 107–117

Shot-noise limited detection for surface plasmon sensing

Xi Wang, Michael Jefferson, Philip C. D. Hobbs, William P. Risk, Bob E. Feller, Robert D. Miller, and André Knoesen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 1, pp. 107-117 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.000107


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Abstract

It is demonstrated that surface plasmon sensing can be performed in the shot-noise-limited regime to resolve index of refractive changes on the order of 10−10/√Hz at input powers of 1 mW. This improved resolution is achieved by using active electronic noise cancelling to suppress laser intensity noise and a wavelength that maximizes sensitivity to index of refraction changes occurring at an interface. The resolution of the system is experimentally demonstrated by measuring the refractive index change of air in response to pressure changes.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: November 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2010
Published: December 21, 2010

Citation
Xi Wang, Michael Jefferson, Philip C. D. Hobbs, William P. Risk, Bob E. Feller, Robert D. Miller, and André Knoesen, "Shot-noise limited detection for surface plasmon sensing," Opt. Express 19, 107-117 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-1-107


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