Materials, Photonic Devices, and Sensors

Surface plasmon resonance sensor based on photonic crystal fiber filled with core-shell Ag-Au nanocomposite materials

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Baolin Liu, Ying Lu, Xianchao Yang, Jianquan Yao

Tianjin University, Key Laboratory of Opto-Electronics Information and Technology, College of Precision Instruments and Opto-Electronic Engineering, 92, Weijin Road, Tianjin 300072, China

Opt. Eng. 55(11), 117104 (Nov 14, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.OE.55.11.117104
History: Received September 1, 2016; Accepted October 24, 2016
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Abstract.  A numerical study of a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor based on photonic crystal fiber (PCF) filled with core-shell Ag-Au nanocomposite materials for measurement of refractive index of the analyte is presented. Considering the design flexibility and improved optical properties of the core-shell bimetallic nanocomposite materials, the proposed sensor is demonstrated to achieve high spectral sensitivity, high detection accuracy, and sensing spectra tuning ability. Meanwhile, the existence of the gold shell can protect the silver core from oxidation, which means high system stability and long lifetime. Based on numerical simulations, the influences of structural parameters of the sensor on sensing properties are discussed. Furthermore, the parameters are optimized by analyzing the simulation results to achieve better performance. It is observed that a high average spectral sensitivity of 5940  nm/RIU with the resolution of 1.68×105  RIU in the sensing range of 1.33 to 1.38 can be achieved.

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Baolin Liu ; Ying Lu ; Xianchao Yang and Jianquan Yao
"Surface plasmon resonance sensor based on photonic crystal fiber filled with core-shell Ag-Au nanocomposite materials", Opt. Eng. 55(11), 117104 (Nov 14, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.55.11.117104


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