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Enhanced photoacoustic detection using photonic crystal substrate

TitleEnhanced photoacoustic detection using photonic crystal substrate
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsZhao, YF, Liu, KY, McClelland, J, Lu, M
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Date Published04
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0003-6951
Accession NumberWOS:000335145600010
Keywordsfilters, fluorescence, Spectroscopy

This paper demonstrates the enhanced photoacoustic sensing of surface-bound light absorbing molecules and metal nanoparticles using a one-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) substrate. The PC structure functions as an optical resonator at the wavelength where the analyte absorption is strong. The optical resonance of the PC sensor provides an intensified evanescent field with respect to the excitation light source and results in enhanced optical absorption by surface-immobilized samples. For the analysis of a light absorbing dye deposited on the PC surface, the intensity of photoacoustic signal was enhanced by more than 10-fold in comparison to an un-patterned acrylic substrate. The technique was also applied to detect gold nanorods and exhibited more than 40 times stronger photoacoustic signals. The demonstrated approach represents a potential path towards single molecule absorption spectroscopy with greater performance and inexpensive instrumentation. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

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