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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3681–3683

High surface plasmon resonance sensitivity enabled by optical disks

Xuan Dou, Blayne M. Phillips, Pei-Yu Chung, and Peng Jiang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 17, pp. 3681-3683 (2012)

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We report a systematic, experimental, and theoretical investigation on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensing using optical disks with different track pitches, including Blu-ray disk (BD), digital versatile disk (DVD), and compact disk (CD). Optical reflection measurements indicate that CD and DVD exhibit much higher SPR sensitivity than BD. Both experiments and finite-difference time-domain simulations reveal that the SPR sensitivity is significantly affected by the diffraction order of the SPR peaks and higher diffraction order results in lower sensitivity. Numerical simulations also show that very high sensitivity (1600nm per refractive index unit) is achievable by CDs.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 27, 2012
Published: August 29, 2012

Xuan Dou, Blayne M. Phillips, Pei-Yu Chung, and Peng Jiang, "High surface plasmon resonance sensitivity enabled by optical disks," Opt. Lett. 37, 3681-3683 (2012)

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