Photonic crystal nanostructures for optical biosensing applications

D. Dorfner, T. Zabel, T. Hürlimann, N. Hauke, Lars Hagedorn Frandsen, U. Rant, G. Abstreiter, J. Finley

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We present the design, fabrication and optical investigation of photonic crystal (PhC) nanocavity drop filters for use as optical biosensors. The resonant cavity mode wavelength and Q-factor are studied as a function of the ambient refractive index and as a function of adsorbed proteins (bovine serum albumin) on the sensor surface. Experiments were performed by evanescent excitation of the cavity mode via a PhC waveguide. This in turn is coupled to a ridge waveguide that allows the introduction of a fluid flow cell on a chip. A response of ∂λ/∂c=(4.54±0.66)×105 nm/M is measured leading to a measured detection limit as good as fg or pg/mm2in the sensitive area.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)3688-3692
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • optical biosensor
  • nanostructure
  • photonic crystal
  • silicon
  • nanocavity

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Dorfner, D., Zabel, T., Hürlimann, T., Hauke, N., Frandsen, L. H., Rant, U., Abstreiter, G., & Finley, J. (2009). Photonic crystal nanostructures for optical biosensing applications. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 24(12), 3688-3692.