Grating surface plasmon resonance sensor: Angular sensitivity, metal oxidization effect of Al-based device in optimal structure

Xiaoliang Sun, Xuewen Shu, Changhong Chen*

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Abstract

We present the wavelength (λ)-independent ultimate and maximum angular sensitivity of a grating surface plasmon resonance sensor, as long as the grating of metal has much higher permittivity than analyte (n2 a). For 1.32 ≥ na ≥ 1.36, the maximum angular sensitivity reaches 493.7 (535.9)°/RIU by the single (double)-dip method. The real Al-based sensor in an optimal structure for a high figure of merit exhibits higher sensitivity but narrower reflection dip when working at a longer wavelength, and the real sensitivity increases from 292.5 (344.5) to 338.0 (396.3)°/RIU at respective λ = 0.85 and 1.55 μm before the metal oxidation. After the oxidization, the sensitivity is degraded by ≥3.2% (2.8%), and the detection error of σna ≥ 1.3e -3 (1.1e -3) is introduced to the sensor working at near-infrared wavelengths of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1548-1554
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Volume54
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2015

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