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Silicon photonic crystal microarrays for high throughput label-free detection of lung cancer cell line lysates with sensitivity and specificity
Author(s): Swapnajit Chakravarty; Wei-Cheng Lai; Yi Zou; Robert M. Gemmill; Ray T. Chen
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Paper Abstract

Detection of biomolecules on microarrays based on label-free on-chip optical biosensors is very attractive since this format avoids complex chemistries caused by steric hindrance of labels. Application areas include the detection of cancers and allergens, and food-borne pathogens to name a few. We have demonstrated photonic crystal microcavity biosensors with high sensitivity down to 1pM concentrations (67pg/ml). High sensitivities were achieved by slow light engineering which reduced the radiation loss and increased the stored energy in the photonic crystal microcavity resonance mode. Resonances with high quality factor Q~26,760 in liquid ambient, coupled with larger optical mode volumes allowed enhanced interaction with the analyte biomolecules which resulted in sensitivities down to 10 cells per micro-liter to lung cancer cell lysates. The specificity of detection was ensured by multiplexed detections from multiple photonic crystal microcavities arrayed on the arms of a multimode interference power splitter. Specific binding interactions and control experiments were performed simultaneously at the same instant of time with the same 60 microliter sample volume. Specificity is further ensured by sandwich assay methods in the multiplexed experiment. Sandwich assay based amplification increased the sensitivity further resulting in the detection of lung cancer cell lysates down to concentrations of 2 cells per micro-liter. The miniaturization enabled by photonic crystal biosensors coupled with waveguide interconnected layout thus offers the potential of high throughput proteomics with high sensitivity and specificity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8570, Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems V, 857005 (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2003012
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Swapnajit Chakravarty, Omega Optics, Inc. (United States)
Wei-Cheng Lai, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Yi Zou, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Robert M. Gemmill, Medical Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Ray T. Chen, Omega Optics, Inc. (United States)
The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8570:
Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems V
Benjamin L. Miller; Philippe M. Fauchet, Editor(s)

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