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Sensitive label-free biosensing using critical modes in aperiodic photonic structures

Svetlana V. Boriskina and Luca Dal Negro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 12511-12522 (2008)

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In this paper, we introduce a novel approach for optical sensing based on the excitation of critically localized modes in two-dimensional deterministic aperiodic structures generated by a Rudin-Shapiro (RS) sequence. Based on a rigorous computational analysis, we demonstrate that RS photonic structures provide a large number of resonant modes better suited for sensing applications compared to traditional band-edge and defect-localized modes in periodic photonic structures. Finally, we show that enhanced sensitivity to refractive index variations as low as Δn=0.002 in RS structures results from the extended nature of critical modes and can enable the fabrication of novel label-free optical biosensors.

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OCIS Codes
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: June 18, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2008
Published: August 4, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Svetlana V. Boriskina and Luca Dal Negro, "Sensitive label-free biosensing using critical modes in aperiodic photonic structures," Opt. Express 16, 12511-12522 (2008)

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