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Real-time label-free biosensing with integrated planar waveguide ring resonators
Author(s): Hans Sohlström; Kristinn B. Gylfason; Daniel Hill
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Paper Abstract

We review the use of planar integrated optical waveguide ring resonators for label free bio-sensing and present recent results from two European biosensor collaborations: SABIO and InTopSens. Planar waveguide ring resonators are attractive for label-free biosensing due to their small footprint, high Q-factors, and compatibility with on-chip optics and microfluidics. This enables integrated sensor arrays for compact labs-on-chip. One application of label-free sensor arrays is for point-of-care medical diagnostics. Bringing such powerful tools to the single medical practitioner is an important step towards personalized medicine, but requires addressing a number of issues: improving limit of detection, managing the influence of temperature, parallelization of the measurement for higher throughput and on-chip referencing, efficient light-coupling strategies to simplify alignment, and packaging of the optical chip and integration with microfluidics. From the SABIO project we report refractive index measurement and label-free biosensing in an 8-channel slotwaveguide ring resonator sensor array, within a compact cartridge with integrated microfluidics. The sensors show a volume sensing detection limit of 5 x 10-6 RIU and a surface sensing detection limit of 0.9 pg/mm2. From the InTopSens project we report early results on silicon-on-insulator racetrack resonators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7719, Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits II, 77190B (17 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855957
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Hans Sohlström, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Kristinn B. Gylfason, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Daniel Hill, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7719:
Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits II
Giancarlo Cesare Righini, Editor(s)

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