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Journal of Nanophotonics

Integrated waveguide and nanostructured sensor platform for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
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Paper Abstract

Limitations of current sensors include large dimensions, sometimes limited sensitivity and inherent single-parameter measurement capability. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy can be utilized for environment and pharmaceutical applications with the intensity of the Raman scattering enhanced by a factor of 106. By fabricating and characterizing an integrated optical waveguide beneath a nanostructured precious metal coated surface a new surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy sensing arrangement can be achieved. Nanostructured sensors can provide both multiparameter and high-resolution sensing. Using the slab waveguide core to interrogate the nanostructures at the base allows for the emission to reach discrete sensing areas effectively and should provide ideal parameters for maximum Raman interactions. Thin slab waveguide films of silicon oxynitride were etched and gold coated to create localized nanostructured sensing areas of various pitch, diameter, and shape. These were interrogated using a Ti:Sapphire laser tuned to 785-nm end coupled into the slab waveguide. The nanostructured sensors vertically projected a Raman signal, which was used to actively detect a thin layer of benzyl mercaptan attached to the sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2014
PDF: 12 pages
J. Nanophoton. 8(1) 083989 doi: 10.1117/1.JNP.8.083989
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 8, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Stuart J. Pearce, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Michael E. Pollard, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
SweZin Oo, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Ruiqi Y. Chen, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Sumit Kalsi, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Martin D. B. Charlton, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)

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