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Real-time chemical detection using species-selective thin films and waveguide Zeeman interferometry
Author(s): Karen M. Grace; Karl C. Shrouf; Seppo Honkanen; Pekka Ayras; Pekka Katila; Matti J. Leppihalme; Roger G. Johnston; Xiaoguang Yang; Basil I. Swanson; Nasser Peyghambarian
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Paper Abstract

We present a chemical sensor scheme based on selective sensing surfaces and highly sensitive integrated optical transduction methods. Using self-assembly techniques, species selective thin-films are covalently attached to the surface of Si3N4 channel waveguides to produce robust sensor elements. Exposure to targeted analytes results in the selective absorption of these molecules onto the waveguide surface causing a change in the effective refractive index of the guided modes. These relative changes in effective refractive index between TE and TM modes are precisely measured using Zeeman interferometry. Our measurements demonstrate reversible, real time sensing of volatile organic compounds at ppm levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3383, Electro-Optical Technology for Remote Chemical Detection and Identification III, (6 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317646
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Karen M. Grace, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Karl C. Shrouf, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Seppo Honkanen, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Pekka Ayras, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Pekka Katila, VTT Electronics (France)
Matti J. Leppihalme, VTT Electronics (Finland)
Roger G. Johnston, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Xiaoguang Yang, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Basil I. Swanson, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Nasser Peyghambarian, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3383:
Electro-Optical Technology for Remote Chemical Detection and Identification III
Mahmoud Fallahi; Ellen A. Howden, Editor(s)

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