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Evanescent coupling in a waveguide fluoroimmunosensor
Author(s): Douglas A. Christensen; Shellee Dyer; Jyrki S. Kimmel; James N. Herron
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Paper Abstract

A key factor in the analysis of evanescently coupled optical sensors, such as the planar waveguide immunosensor analyzed here, is the efficiency of coupling between the optical waveguide modes and the fluorescent sources located on the surface of the waveguide. This is an important parameter in determining the sensor's sensitivity to the analyte. We calculate this efficiency for several different sensor configurations using the finite-difference time-domain numerical technique, and find that the efficiency of one-way coupling can vary widely depending upon the fluorescent source polarization, phase, and distance from the surface, as well as the waveguide mode number and thickness. In particular, we find that when the layer containing the fluorescent molecules is uniform in refractive index, the coupling efficiency is larger than when the local environment possesses an irregular index.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 1992
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1648, Fiber Optic Medical and Fluorescent Sensors and Applications, (16 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58302
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Douglas A. Christensen, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Shellee Dyer, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Jyrki S. Kimmel, Univ. of Utah (United States)
James N. Herron, Univ. of Utah (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1648:
Fiber Optic Medical and Fluorescent Sensors and Applications
Douglas R. Hansmann; Fred P. Milanovich; Gerald G. Vurek; David R. Walt, Editor(s)

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