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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 7 — Mar. 26, 2012
  • pp: 7954–7965

Photonic-crystal membranes for optical detection of single nano-particles, designed for biosensor application

Jon Olav Grepstad, Peter Kaspar, Olav Solgaard, Ib-Rune Johansen, and Aasmund S. Sudbø  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 7, pp. 7954-7965 (2012)

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A sensor designed to detect bio-molecules is presented. The sensor exploits a planar 2D photonic crystal (PC) membrane with sub-micron thickness and through holes, to induce high optical fields that allow detection of nano-particles smaller than the diffraction limit of an optical microscope. We report on our design and fabrication of a PC membrane with a nano-particle trapped inside. We have also designed and built an imaging system where an optical microscope and a CCD camera are used to take images of the PC membrane. Results show how the trapped nano-particle appears as a bright spot in the image. In a first experimental realization of the imaging system, single particles with a radius of 75 nm can be detected.

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(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

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Original Manuscript: January 19, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2012
Published: March 21, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jon Olav Grepstad, Peter Kaspar, Olav Solgaard, Ib-Rune Johansen, and Aasmund S. Sudbø, "Photonic-crystal membranes for optical detection of single nano-particles, designed for biosensor application," Opt. Express 20, 7954-7965 (2012)

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