Highly sensitive refractive index sensors with plasmonic nanoantennas - utilization of optimal spectral detuning

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dc.contributor.author Mesch, Martin
dc.contributor.author Weiss, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Schaferling, Martin
dc.contributor.author Hegde, Ravi S.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-15T10:46:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-15T10:46:17Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04
dc.identifier.citation Mesch, Martin; Weiss, Thomas; Schferling, Martin; Hentschel, Mario; Hegde, Ravi S. and Giessen, Harald,"Highly sensitive refractive index sensors with plasmonic nanoantennas - utilization of optimal spectral detuning", ACS Sensors, DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.8b00003, Apr. 2018. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2379-3694
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssensors.8b00003
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/3667
dc.description.abstract We analyze and optimize the performance of coupled plasmonic nanoantennas for refractive index sensing. The investigated structure supports a sub- and a superradiant mode that originates in the weak coupling of a dipolar and a quadrupolar mode, resulting in a Fano-type spectral lineshape. In our study, we vary the near-field coupling of the two modes and particularly examine the influence of the spectral detuning between them on the sensing performance. Surprisingly, the case of matched resonance frequencies does not provide the best sensor. Instead, we find that the right amount of coupling strength and spectral detuning allows for achieving the ideal combination of narrow linewidth and sufficient excitation strength of the subradiant mode, and therefore results in an optimized sensor performance. Our findings are confirmed by experimental results and first-order perturbation theory. The latter is based on the resonant state expansion and provides direct access to resonance frequency shifts and linewidth changes as well as the excitation strength of the modes. Based on these parameters, we define a figure of merit that can be easily calculated for different sensing geometries and agrees well with the numerical and experimental results.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Martin Mesch, Thomas Weiss, Martin Schaferling, Mario Hentschel, Ravi S. Hegde, and Harald Giessen
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher American Chemical Society en_US
dc.title Highly sensitive refractive index sensors with plasmonic nanoantennas - utilization of optimal spectral detuning en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal ACS Sensors


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