Numerical Investigation on Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensor Design with High Sensitivity Using Single and Bimetallic Film Structures

고감도 단금속 및 쌍금속 표면 플라즈몬 공명 센서 설계를 위한 수치해석 연구

  • Published : 2009.04.01


Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) has been widely used for biological and chemical sensing applications. The present study investigates numerically the optical characteristics for the single Au film and bimetallic Ag/Au film SPR configurations by using the multiple beam interference matrix (MBIM) method. We use the prism coupling method, especially Kretschmann configuration for excitation of surface plasmon wave (SPW). The estimated results of reflectance, phase shift and magnetic field intensity enhancement factor are provided for finding out the optimum configuration with high sensitivity for SPR measurement. As a result, the optimum thicknesses are found to be 52 nm for a single Au film and 5 nm to 36 nm for bimetallic Ag-Au film. From the comparison of full width half maximum (FWHM) values for reflectance, phase shift, and enhancement of magnetic field intensity, it is concluded that the highest sensitivity can be obtained when using the phase shift for SPR sensor.


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