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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7410–7416

Polarimetric total internal reflection biosensing

Mathieu Maisonneuve, In-Hyouk Song, Sergiy Patskovsky, and Michel Meunier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7410-7416 (2011)

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In this paper, a concept of polarimetric total internal reflection (TIR) biosensor based on the method of temporal phase modulation is presented. Measurements of the phase difference between s- and p- polarized light combined with their amplitudes allow simultaneous detection of the bulk refractive index and thickness of the surface biofilms. Obtained experimental sensitivity is better than 10−5 in terms of refractive index unit and 0.5 nm in biolayer thickness. Relatively simple technological implementation of the TIR sensors on the base of inexpensive and transparent substrates opens a number of novel applications in biosensing and microscopy.

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(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(240.2130) Optics at surfaces : Ellipsometry and polarimetry

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Original Manuscript: December 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 18, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 2011
Published: April 4, 2011

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Mathieu Maisonneuve, In-Hyouk Song, Sergiy Patskovsky, and Michel Meunier, "Polarimetric total internal reflection biosensing," Opt. Express 19, 7410-7416 (2011)

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