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Optical Engineering

Interference filter refinement for artificial nose fluorescence sensing
Author(s): Jeevanandra Karunamuni; Katherine E. Stitzer; DeLyle Eastwood; Keith J. Albert; David R. Walt; Steve B. Brown; Michael L. Myrick
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Paper Abstract

Optical interference coatings are used in filter-based T-format fluorimeters to make beamsplitters, bandpasses, and bandblocking filters that separate excitation and emission signals. Commercially available filters usually perform well in these applications, but better performance may be possible if the system of optical filters is tailored to the specific analysis. We provide a general method for designing optical filters for the optical train of a specific fluorescence sensor system simultaneously using two light-emitting diode (LED) excitation sources (blue and green) and two different fluorescent indicators. We approach the problem of designing the optics of the system by first constructing a hypothetical target spectrum for each filter using the optical spectrum of the excitation source, and the excitation and emission spectra of the fluorescence sensors. Structural designs for Nb2O5/SiO2 multilayer interference filters are then synthesized. An iterative evaluation procedure is then used to improve the performance of the system for minimal leakage of the excitation sources onto our detector array. We also provide experimental results for the construction of these filters using reactive magnetron sputtering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 40(6) doi: 10.1117/1.1367255
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 40, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Jeevanandra Karunamuni, Lite Weaver Technologies (United States)
Katherine E. Stitzer, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
DeLyle Eastwood, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Keith J. Albert, Tufts Univ. (United States)
David R. Walt, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Steve B. Brown, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michael L. Myrick, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)

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