Surface plasmon resonance of a bimetallic nanostructured film for enhanced optical sensitivity

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Taylor Levi Mabe (Creator)
James G. Ryan (Creator)
Jianjun Wei, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A bimetallic (Ag/Au) nanoslit film is reported on surface plasmon (SP) generation and refractive index (RI) sensitivity. These were compared to gold devices in transmission surface plasmon resonance (tSPR). The bimetallic films have a primary resonant peak that shifts with periodicity and correlates well with Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) simulation studies. The SPR of bimetallic nanoslit structures is analyzed via a semi-analytical model. The model enables decomposition and quantitative analysis of SP generation at the aperture under plane-wave illumination. The nanostructured, metallic, thin films provide flexibility to integrate with microfluidics, allowing for simplified instrumentation and alignment. Calculation and experimentation demonstrate that bimetallic films afford an increase in RI sensitivity due to the addition of silver along with the biocompatibility of gold. The Ag/Au films were found to be non-diffusing, long-term stable (over several months), and provided an increase in sensitivity (about 53/RIU) over gold equivalents.

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ChemistrySelect, 2018, 3, 3018-3023, DOI: 10.1002/slct.201800576
Language: English
Date: 2018
Bimetallic film, nanoslit structure, optical sensing, refractive index, surface plasmon resonance

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