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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 9 — Aug. 28, 2012

Polarization multiplexed fluorescence enhancer using a pixelated one-dimensional photonic band gap structure

Jian Gao, Andrew M. Sarangan, and Qiwen Zhan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2640-2642 (2012)

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Fluorescence enhancement using photonic crystals can produce a significant improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio for single molecule and low molecule-concentration fluorescence imaging in biological and biochemical studies. In this Letter, a pixelated one-dimensional photonic band gap structure was designed to enhance both transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarizations through a spatially multiplexed photonic crystal resonance. The average enhancement of 15.6 and 17.9 fold were experimentally verified for the transverse and longitudinal fields on the same substrate. This device may be used as an optical platform for molecular orientation determination.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

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Original Manuscript: April 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 9, 2012
Published: June 25, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jian Gao, Andrew M. Sarangan, and Qiwen Zhan, "Polarization multiplexed fluorescence enhancer using a pixelated one-dimensional photonic band gap structure," Opt. Lett. 37, 2640-2642 (2012)

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