Optimizing the resolution of nanohole arrays in metal films for refractive-index sensing

Gabriela Andrea Cervantes Tellez, Aftab Ahmed, Reuven Gordon

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Abstract

We optimized the resolution of nanohole arrays in metal films for refractive-index sensing by increasing the sensitivity with modifications to the hole-array parameters and by increasing the signal to noise ratio of the sensor system. The nanohole-array parameters (including film thickness, periodicity and diameter) were first optimized by finite-difference time-domain simulations, and then the arrays were fabricated and tested, showing good agreement between the two cases (theory and experiment) in terms of optimal parameters. To improve the sensitivity and to reduce the noise, the laser source wavelength was optimized (including the efficiency of the camera for detection) and the intensity was increased. A bulk resolution of 6 × 10-7 refractive-index units was demonstrated. Due to the collinear microscope geometry and potential for multiplexing of nanohole arrays, these results are encouraging for future biosensing applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-780
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Volume109
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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