Optics and Laser Technology
High sensitivity lossy-mode resonance refractometer using low refractive index PFA planar waveguide
DOMINGUEZ, ISMEL; CORRES, JESÚS; MATÍAS, IGNACIO R.; ASCORBE, JOAQUÍN; DEL VILLAR, IGNACIO.
SIn this work a new strategy to improve the sensitivity of refractometers based on lossy-mode resonances has been proved. The proximity of the PFA (tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoro polymer) substrate refractive index to that of water has permitted to implement an optical refractometer with a sensitivity of 41,034 nm per refractive index unit (nm/RIU) for refractive indices ranging from 1.3318 to 1.3347. The work is supported with both theoretical and experimental results. This high sensitivity can be used for the development of LMR based chemical sensors and biosensors, where a low limit of detection is required, with the additional advantage of a simple disposable planar configuration.