INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON SMART SENSING AND INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
PEDRO J. RIVERO; MIGUEL HERNAEZ; JAVIER GOICOECHEA; IGNACIO R. MATÍAS; FRANCISCO J. ARREGUI
In this work, optical fiber refractometers based on the successive incorporation of gold nanoparticles have been fabricated by means of the Layer-by-Layer Embedding (LbL-E) deposition technique. This enables the apparition of two different optical phenomena, Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) and Lossy Mode Resonance (LMR). The absorption peaks related to both phenomena were captured during the fabrication process, showing a different evolution as a function of the resultant thickness coating. Initially, LSPR band is observed for thinner coatings, whereas multiLMR bands are observed as the thickness coating is increased. In addition, the response of both phenomena to variations of the surrounding medium refractive index (SMRI) was monitored, studying their different sensitivities. LSPR band only shows intensity variation with negligible wavelength displacement whereas LMR bands present a strong wavelength response. The combination of both resonances opens the door in the design of self-referenced optical devices for sensing applications.
… The nanocoatings were carried out using a 3-axis robot from Nadetech Innovations.